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Date: 2/9/12 10:10 AM

I am finding myself frustrated when I am designing things because I really can't draw. I have now offered to do something for someone else and I want to be able to give her a picture of what is in my head. It is odd, but even when I have a clear "picture" mentally of what I want to create, the picture is still more in words than a 2D or 3D image. I am definitely a word person!

Any tricks, tips, apps or ideas besides the "everyone can draw, you just need to practice" advice?

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Date: 2/9/12 10:46 AM

I use a template, and templates of the clothing, even if it means I go through my patterns, trace their figures and then the style elements.

I can't draw. No amount of practice can make me do it better. Mostly I do a rough sketch, then fill in the blanks with plenty of words, math and ideas.

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Date: 2/9/12 11:03 AM

Like anything else, perhaps practice???? I didn't much think I could draw, but I did take mechanical drafting courses at the local community college and now I can get my concepts down on paper. Same with music. It wasn't until I learned to read music and to play the piano in my 50's that I understood music and could then carry a tune.

You may enjoy working with one of the Corel software packages and there should be classes available in your area, commercially, through a junior college or even through your library or a 'person over 50' (presuming here) program.

I've been checking ebay occassionally for an old Crayola Crayon toy. About 30 years ago they put out two design packs with sturdy miniature drafting boards, basic drafting tools and simple drafting and design instructions. One was for cars and one was for fashion design. I'm ready for them to bring those back.

You may also enjoy dropping into an art store and asking them to direct you to beginning books and supplies for drawing and basic drafting. It would help to have just a small number of tools to work with.

It is most likely the concept of translating perspective to the page that is bogging you down and I'm sure that a beginning art book or drafting book would help you with that.

Here is one little article with an idea that I used before I became more comfortable with sketching; that is the idea of sketching on top of a form. As always, helping with a question ends up helping me. I did not realize that the form is called a croquis. If you have a little pile of copied forms (croquis) to practice on you will find that it gets easier and easier to fill in a skirt and then a sleeveless top and then the sleeves, collar, etc. Fashion Sketching

For help on the internet search things like:
Basic Fashion Sketching
Beginning Fashion Sketching
Beginning Drafting Perspective
Beginning Drawing Clothing

Best wishes, tourist, I know that this is something that you will enjoy doing. By the way, pencils are nice to work with when sketching. They are forgiving in every way. Erasable, of course, but you can control the lightness and heaviness of the line and use feathering and hatching and more to eventually illustrate the fall of the fabric in your design.

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Date: 2/9/12 11:18 AM

Go on Google and SEARCH

croquis drawing
croquis drawing fashion
drawing fashion

Here are some drawing tips on Threads

http://www.taunton.com/threads/pages/t00216.asp

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Date: 2/9/12 11:43 AM

TIP: To create quick access to a site, copy your selected site address, then click on the http icon at the top of the message/post screen. Then paste the URL address for the site and click OK, then enter your selected wording for the title when prompted and click enter.

Like this.
-- Edited on 2/9/12 11:51 AM --

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Date: 2/9/12 11:47 AM

I have this book and I love it.

Flats:Technical Drawing for Fashion

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http://thimblesthreadsandneedles.blogspot.com/

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Date: 2/9/12 11:50 AM

Also, a search for "fashion templates" and "fashion templates for sketching" yielded some interesting results and tools for purchase or free for personal use.

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Helen V: Babylock Companion BL1550

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Date: 2/9/12 11:58 AM

Quote: PattiAnnJ
TIP: To create quick access to a site, copy your selected site address, then click on the http icon at the top of the message/post screen. Then paste the URL address for the site and click OK, then enter your selected wording for the title when prompted and click enter.



Like this.
-- Edited on 2/9/12 11:51 AM --

This works with my Mac at home but not with my PC at work! I keep getting a pop up telling me that I have to name the site but it won't let me do anything!

But thanks for trying to help!

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Date: 2/9/12 2:01 PM

When I first started out doing custom work, I quickly realized that I was going to have to learn to sketch so I could better explain my ideas to my clients who were having trouble visualizing what I was describing.

I picked up a series of books by John Patrick Ireland. He has books that are just for figures and proportion; ones that are for details like hands, feet, faces, etc.; and ones that are for different clothing components and fabrics.

Prior to using his books, sketching for me was "stick figures". I highly recommend these books.

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Date: 2/9/12 6:17 PM

Are you using IE7 at work? I had the same problem on my PC, until it dawned on me to actually read the item just below the HTML code buttons. When I did what the instructions said, it worked.

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