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Looking for good resources to learn how to sketch.
craftytricia
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Date: 9/24/10 11:58 PM

I have no experience drawing but I would like to learn how to sketch out designs for my project notebook.

Does anyone have any suggestions for books or websites for learning to draw? Just general drawing resources in addition to fashion one my be helpful also.

Thank you!

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Date: 9/25/10 0:27 AM

I found that starting from a croquis (basic body shape) sorted out a lot of the proportion issues I had when I tried to sketch clothes.

I got mine from the web & then modified it to more accurately represent me, but I just had a look & all I can find is very thin model types with extra long legs for fashion illustrations. (http://www.designersnexus.com, if you're interested)

You may find it more useful to make your own. If you search on croquis through the message boards here I think someone posted some instructions on making one from a photo.

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Date: 9/25/10 0:41 AM

I had no experience drawing when I started my business 13 years ago but soon found it a necessity for doing custom designs for long distance clients and even for local clients who had trouble visualizing a design concept.

Patrick John Ireland has a series of books that teaches sketching for fashion design -- they cover all types of body, fabric and clothing sketching. I started out with "Figure Templates for Fashion Illustration" and followed that up with 3 other books.

I got the first book on-line and since then have bought some of the books in Barnes & Noble when I've made trips to the U.S.

While I would love to enhance my sketching skills, I now have a good basis that allows me to provide visual representation of my design ideas both for product line presentation and for custom designs.

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Date: 9/25/10 0:48 AM

This relates more to what Mel suggested than your question (sorry), but: if you're designing for yourself, you could have some full-length photos taken of yourself wearing something really form fitting, then trace a simple line drawing from that, make a bunch of copies, and use them as bases for your more developed sketches.

They wouldn't be as good for initial sketches, though, since you need more freedom at that stage.
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Date: 9/25/10 3:04 AM

@teagarden - Yep, I think that was basically the idea for making a croquis of yourself. Thanks for putting that in.

ETA Why wouldn't that help for initial sketches?? I'm pretty much a complete newbie at this sort of thing.


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Date: 9/25/10 7:11 AM

It might be good for initial sketches (I'm new at this, too). I was just thinking those should be quick, rough, and unrestrained to begin with, unless you already have a clear idea of the shape and all the details in your head. It all depends!

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Date: 9/25/10 2:27 PM

While searching for images from the book someone mentioned, I stumbled on this site.

Fashion Templates - Free Tutorials

Maybe something there will be helpful.



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Date: 9/25/10 11:10 PM

Thank you for all the advice. This should help get me on the right track.

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Date: 9/25/10 11:25 PM

Character Costume Figure Drawing, Second Edition: Step-by-Step Drawing Methods for Theatre Costume Designers
Tan Huaixing

This looks very good - deals with the essentials of figure drawing as well as the clothes.

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Date: 9/26/10 10:53 PM

Quote:
While searching for images from the book someone mentioned, I stumbled on this site. Fashion Templates - Free Tutorials Maybe something there will be helpful.


Please be careful when visiting this site. Much of it's content (and contributors) are from DeviantArt.com. Not a site for the timid (having it's emphasis on anime and "furries" ~ if you don't know what a "furry" is, you prolly don't want to know).

Or, considering that many hackers *love* to torment DA, not for those with weak anti-virus apps.

YMMV. :/

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