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9 Lessons (20m)
    • 1. Fashion Drawing Basics

    • 2. Fashion Project

    • 3. Croquis Templates

    • 4. Video DEMO - MODEL TEMPLATE in Adobe Fresco

    • 5. Poses and Figures

    • 6. Faces and Hair

    • 7. Mood Boards

    • 8. Sketchbooks Overview

    • 9. Conclusion

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This class is all about, Fashion Design Basics. It is an Overview of, croquis, the template, model drawing, mood boards, sketchbooks, and more.

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Nora Connolly

Illustrator + Pattern Designer + Artist + Teacher


About Me:    Hello, and welcome, I'm Nora. I'm an Illustrator, Surface Pattern Designer + Artist. I studied at Columbia University and obtained a Masters. My thesis was on "MURAL ART: FAD OR ART?"  I decided after a number of years of work as a French Translator to go to FIT - Fashion Institute of Technology to learn digital design.  I also speak French fluently and have lived in Paris, France.  I am native New Yorker and still live in NYC presently with my husband and two kitties!   I have written and illustrated three Children's books so far.  I love art and what I do!  This is the best feeling in the world and would like to share that creativity with everyone.

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1. Fashion Drawing Basics: Hi, my name is Nora Connolly for pixie arts studio. Have you always wanted to be a fashion designer? Are you interested in fashion illustration and fashion drawing? Well, if you are, I've got the class for you in my skill share class on fashion drawing basics. You will be touching upon some basic skills that are needed to begin fashion join. We will be touching upon how to draw to communicate your ideas. Technical drawings, templates, presentation formats, and portfolios, and more. Thank you. This class. 2. Fashion Project: In this class, your project will be to draw your own model template with some accessories and attach it to the description down below. As I'd love to see your projects and I will make sure to get back to you. 3. Croquis Templates: Understanding fashion proportions, you need to grasp the fact that the figure here is an exaggerated figure that fashion designers draw, which is an extremely exaggerated figure and it's very stylized, especially for women's wear. And why, why would you use a very artistic and influence, a very artistic way of drawing for fashion drawings. And why is that? And that's because it shows off the clothes. So now here we start off with a model that's doesn't have any clothes. She's just got her bare basics. And the way it works is that this is kind of a basic modal, but usually you extend the neck and the legs to make them an exaggerated figure. And with that, you're trying to get a more curved appearance. And the weight of a model template is to have nodding heads. And these heads are measured in a certain way. And depending on the paper size that you're using and different proportions, you can even do a ten head template and you can reuse these templates. So once we're finished drawing our nine heads figure model, we can move onto actually putting on some clothing on her and accessories. For instance, you can have something like on an 8.5 by 11 paper, like this one here. And you can either download some templates from the Internet. I have one site which I really like, which I'm going to put in the description down below. Or you can also draw your own. So the idea here is to draw your outline. And if you're familiar with drawing these poses already, what you do is you lower the opacity on the digital tablet that you have or on the computer that you're working on. And you have something like this with, I think the, the percentage was 20% here. And then you can actually draw what you want on your model. And, you know, and in any way you want, you can put a skirt, for instance, on this figure. Or you can draw on a larger sheet, a row of models. And you can make sure that you can color it in. And then you'd have your template to drawn. And it's much easier this way, you know, then to have to redraw every single time your model, you can draw your poses like this on a paper. And then like I mentioned earlier, lower the opacity and draw them in the outward there outlines. And then on that template, you can actually start drawing your, your accessories and your dresses, and you dress up the model basically. And here we have a repeat of three models, Tron the exact same way, but wearing three different pieces of articles of clothing. 4. Video DEMO - MODEL TEMPLATE in Adobe Fresco: Hi everyone. I'm in Adobe fresco now. And in this part of the video, what I'd like to show you on my iPad Pro is how to utilize a model template and lower the opacity on the silhouette and add accessories and model clothing for women's wear onto this model. So I'm on the layer where I actually drew out the silhouette in black. And going to lower the opacity by going to Layer Properties and set a 100% now. And I'm gonna slowly go down to between 10, 15%. Now that I have the model silhouette in gray scale form, I'm going to not hide it, but lock it so that it stays in place and I don't draw over it. So we locked the layer, I add a new layer, and that's where I go over this silhouette. And that's what the, the greatness of it as four. And I'm going to go over her this silhouette with a peach tone color because I feel that that's the best in order for me to be able to add the close over on top of that layer. So now I am going over this layer slowly but surely. And you want to take your time when you do this because it will come out very nicely afterwards. And also the color that you use underneath for her skin will have to be covered by the clothing that you use because it will otherwise show through. Now there's more than one way to go about this. And this is one way and other ways to make multiple layers. So here what I'm going to do is fill the layer. And this layer is going to be filled with the same color outlined her width. So that's a peach tone. And as you can see, you can still see the color of the silhouette behind. So what I do is go back into the lock layer. I unlock it and hide it with the eyeball. You don't necessarily have to do that. You can also keep it locked and just hide it like this, an unhidden hidden. So I'm back in to my layer with the skin tone and I add another or layer. And there I'm going to add a shirt, for instance. And this shirt is going to be in the pink tones and, uh, go over her skin color or her outline and make sure that I get every piece of it that way. It doesn't show through the pH of her skin. And then I am going to also add her skirt. And the skirt doesn't have to be a strong color, so I'm going to use it and like a purple. So I'm going to go over this part of her body with a nice color and make it a flowing skirt. And I'm going to sell that as well with the fill bucket tool. And I'm going to add her the back of a skirts. You know, that's the difficult part. If you want to add the back of a skirt, you'd have to go into another layer to make it more easily done. So I will do it. I will add a lighter color and move it in the end so I don't need to go through all of her I'm, you know, body with this just a piece of it, fill it, and then move it to another layer behind what I already used. But when you do that, you have to make sure that it goes underneath her legs so that her left show through. And that's all I really wanted to show you in this demonstration. And so it's how to hide the silhouette of the outline of the model template. And then how to go over the skin tone that you use on the silhouette to make your accessories and your clothing. 5. Poses and Figures: By perfecting my poses, what I did, I drew a model coming forward on the catwalk and the gesture and movement and the characteristics in these fashion drawings are all different in every photograph. So you get better at it by drawing your model template, taking your model template, you know, reducing the opacity and then adding the article of clothing. Because by drawing these out, these figures from photographs, from magazines or downloaded from the internet, what you're doing is you're making a template and a cookie first and then repeating different poses. And what you do with this template. And you can use it for future poses and future repeat poses. You don't have to discard them. But it ends up that when you, when you take a photograph like this one from a magazine, you get better at actually drawing it out. And as you can see here, it was black and white. And what I did was I colored it the way I wanted to cover it and I embellished it. And I made something similar but in the colors I wanted. And that is one way of getting better at your skill level. So what we're doing here is we're going from this side to this side. So we're going from developing the template as a crow key and then reducing the opacity here and using it for future uses, for future repeat poses. And this, you have to understand that these poses have to be relevant to the context of the clothes that you're outfitting on your model. So here I have a model and you can see it a little bit the outline of the template from the Crow key. But I made it in such that I used markers here. And you don't really see it anymore because it's such a faint outline. I use a very small point and they'd pin. And I have a very nice model here. And I can repeat them all along the paper in different poses depending on the context of the, of the line at the clothing line I want to portray. You can define the drawing lines of models. And you can see that by working on these models, you can improve your hand-eye coordination. And you'll also improve your skill as far as drawing the different outfits that you wanna put on the models. And it's nice to work in larger paper. Step larger from 8.5 by 11, I believe. Or maybe it is 8.5 by 11. But you can draw on something that is an A3 paper like this one. And that is with a pencil or pen. And that is made in Britain. This desk pad, it's an A3 paper which is 297 by 420 millimeters. There's 50 sheets on this pad as pretty good quality, I would say I'm in New York, so I had this delivered online. I want to show you this because it shows the pose. And here's a model that I drew out. And I dressed her up in a pants and a vest. And here I drew a model and I drew the skirt outline. And then the skirt. I just truth skirt by itself on the models legs. So that shows that you can actually define your style more readily by using these templates. 6. Faces and Hair: So when you are practicing, you can grab a picture or a photograph rather from a magazine or downloaded from the internet, and just lay it out. And then on another piece of paper, on your piece of paper, just draw out your model as face as best you can and then you know that and then color it in because that will be something that can be for faces to get better at making faces. So here there's two models that I use. I don't know who these models are, but i just like their faces and figured that would be great to draw out. They were facing forward and they're two different looks, but they're two different types of models as well. And that is what I did here. I have been steadily improving my figures faces by drawing out the front side of a model and then a three-quarter view left and right, as well as the side views here. And the eyes I've worked on, the lips and the way to draw a loop, noses that I've drawn on my models and the ears and hair. You know, it's subject to how you want to do your hair on your model kit can be rated, you know, it can be parted. It depends what you want to do. But by drawing these models from real life, from getting photographs from a magazine. Or if you can't go to actual sessions where there are live models, obviously you're gonna get some photographs or you're going to download them from the internet to your iPad or however you want to work it out. But it is great to have these and to be able to draw them and perfect your skill. 7. Mood Boards: As you can see here, I kept my portfolio from my mood boards and I wanted to show you some of them to give you a good idea of what should a mood board should look like. So this was like an opening page, and I decided to make it the doors of the Chanel store. Now I use gold and grey scale. And as you can see here, that's one. Then the second one, I made winter coats. So I use different fabrics, actually went to the swatch, gets some swatches. And I put a little accessory and the models and to models and a backdrop of what's Chanel paper. And the next one is an evening where you just hold this term. So you can see the, you know, the actual swatches and another accessory of a perfume bottle. More swatches here because this, the swatches go with this modal. Let's just go with this evening dress. And same thing. I use the paper in the back which schnell. And finally the flats. Now these are something that you can actually learn to do as well. There are technical designers that drew flats only. And I think, I believe they're called CAD designers. And they do a lot of flats as well as other things, but mainly flags as well for companies in their company. And so that's the mood board. 8. Sketchbooks Overview: So in this section, I just wanted to go over one of my sketchbooks. And the sketchbook is from my FIT class, which I took many years ago. I believe it was 2016. And I wanted to go over some of the fashion illustrations that we took, we made in the class. So to start for starters, we started out with knowing how to make cookie. And with this cookie, we, I think that the good book that we started out with was on nine heads. And nine heads is a great book to tell you how to plot out your copy and the different sections and the actual size of each section you should make your template. And so I'm just going to flip around the pages. This is a skirt that we made, this interesting illustration. Our project was to cover Coco Chanel at the end. And we did faces, cylindrical perspective and many things from that time. And some of it was accessories, but as well, we covered how to draw the figure, but as well as how to draw the clothing that goes on the figure. And I'd like to cover some of that. We also designed a skirts and how to make pleats in the scripts on your drawings, your fabric at different levels, the eye level, for instance. And our final project was to make a Chanel project. And I can show you those as well because I still have the boards, the mood boards for those. And if you have access to it, I think one good site is And so that's my little sketchbook from back then. 9. Conclusion: Thank you for staying with me in this class on fashion drawing and illustration basics. I really appreciate you taking the time to take this class today and stay with me throughout the lessons. Now, all you have to do is upload your project. And in your project, what I'd like to see is your own design of a model template. When you're done with your model template, feel free to upload the JPEG to description down below, and I'd love to see your projects. Thank you.