Sketching Fashion Figures,
or any figure, in profile, always seems to present unique challenges. There’s a video in this post, to help you with sketching profile fashion figures.
understanding body anatomy and mechanics (above) and practicing them helps us sketch with flowy ease (below)
We seem to have a “frontal” orientation to seeing things, as if they were two dimensional, like letters. But Figures have a wonderful 3dimensionality and one of the coolest things in a live model drawing class is having a circle of students around a standing model,drawing from every angle, constantly reminded of the number of views a garment or outfit can have.
The mannequin or dress form rotates on its stand for the same reason…. the designer can constantly rotate and turn around what they are working out. A sculptor in clay works on a lazy susan or turntable so they can rotate their work constantly into different views to make sure they all……”jive”. (Love that word). Because if you are sculpting a figure (which a fashion designer is…) then you need to walk around the room to see each angle. EVERY ANGLE MATTERS in fashion, although many think of clothing as just a front and a back.
The fact remains that STILL, it will have a side view even if you never thought about it! So consider that sketching profile fashion figures is part of your vocabulary.
So here is today’s YOUTUBE video. I hope it helps you clarify some of the overall landmarks and keys to creating a
Inevitably, in the early weeks of sketching fashion figures/ model drawing or even later on, the issue of the profile comes up. Why do they look STIFF? Why do they look like they are tipping over? Why is the body looking straight as a broomstick? It’s because we haven’t sat down and really mastered that profile by giving it the love and attention it needs to be understood and demystified- and that’s why I’m here to coach you!!
Here are some of the key points that will help you un-do your frustration with sketching fashion figures.
Turn up some nice tunes to draw to, and gift yourself to drawing as a therapeutic treat, like a pedicure or a massage. Get into the groove, and dance like nobody’s looking!!! …literally, and figuratively. That’s what we always do in Fashion Sketch Group!
Remember that your sketches can’t look relaxed and lovely if you aren’t feeling comfortable and unfettered while you work- so make it a priority to make your position and environment comfortable and ergonomic while you are fashion sketching (or costume sketching)
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