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Fashion Illustration : Watercolour to Photoshop

teacher avatar Sharon Mapuvire, Anything Is Possible

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Topics include illustration, design, photography, and more

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Lessons in This Class

7 Lessons (26m)
    • 1. Introduction

    • 2. Watercolour

    • 3. Photoshop

    • 4. Practising Brushstrokes

    • 5. Starting to Paint

    • 6. Finishing Off

    • 7. How to Paint Draped Jersey

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About This Class


A fashion illustration class teaching you how to paint garments from polyster to jersey to fur. You will learn tricks to create textured illustrations in watercolour and Photoshop.

You Will Learn :

  • How to watercolour fabric 
  • How to edit your fashion illustrations in Photoshop
  • How to illustrate fur

What You Will Need :

  • A fashion illustration or drawing of a garment or fashion product
  • Watercolour Paints
  • Any version of Photoshop
  • 2 brushes - the smallest size you can get and one size above that

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Sharon Mapuvire

Anything Is Possible


Hello everyone, my name is Sharon Mapuvire and I'm a freelance fashion designer based in Harare, Zimbabwe. The Skillshare team invited me to be a part of the teaching community and I felt it would be a great platform to share my skills and talent because I have developed easy ways of painting and drawing portraits. Making it possible for anyone to start painting portraits today. 

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1. Introduction: Hello, everyone. My name is Sharon On today, I'm gonna teach you how to industry garments and textiles. I'm gonna show you how to create layer texture from water colored pencil crowns all the way through to photo shop. I'm gonna teach you how to pay for which brushstrokes to use, how to blend your colors and how to create the illusion of for and how to paint different types off fabric such as Jersey. Sir. Grab your brushes, clean water, and it starts. 2. Watercolour: so to start off, you're gonna need brushes, and you're gonna need some clean water, and still it start. So I have a simple mini dress and a bag, and what we're trying to do here is returning in order to create the layering felt, you have to have your base when you're secondly, which is your basis, your water color, your second layer or your pencil colors. And then your third layer is in full shop. So we're gonna start with somewhat of color. And it doesn't really matter how you ain't any technique works. We just try to create a base color, so we have something to build on top. We use a pencil colors and try to get variation in depth like you have a dark colors. What I do is I start by outlining the dark areas, and then I go back and I dip my brush in water, and then I paint coasts there just to get that lighter shade, because you wanna have you don't want. You don't want told to be just one shade or one tone. You wanna have variations, some light parts in some dark parts, and you want to try and get the smallest or thinnest brush that she possibly can get because it's really useful and fashion illustrating, especially with detailed garments with my brush. It actually wasn't this. Then I trimmed it. So if you don't have a ghost, super thin brush, just trim your brush to get really thin so we can get all of the detail. And also be aware off your shadows. Where is the light coming from? And also think about the type of fabric that your garment is. Mine is a silk crip, which means that it's more solid. Still, crap is sort of like slightly kind of like polyester. So I don't want to leave a lot off, um, painted areas like, for example, he had If this was silk, I would leave quite a few white areas to sort off show that effect off light falling on the fabric to keep in mind when you shadows are falling and keep in mind what type of fabric you have. And now we're gonna do the bag. I'm not gonna do it a lot of detail for the bag, cause I want all the focus to be on the dress bag is simply an accessory, so you don't need to have an accessory along. But I guess it depends on your design. So I just wanted to add something else. Here's the Once you're done, you're going to out Sline your illustration with a felt tip pen. Best size is 0.3 millimeters and the next best size of the 0.5 millimeters, which is what I'm using. But I think 0.3 millimeters millimeters is the best cause. Then you really get that detail and you just outlying in dark areas any detail that she wanted to pop out. Great. Now let's move on to the pencil crayons. 3. Photoshop: so in for the shop of selected my background using the magnetic lasso tool. And then I'm gonna go to brightness and contrast. I'm gonna make that brighter. So have a nice, clean white background. And then, as you can see, I made a copy off the original. So always have the original. Just in case I'm sick to my back with the magnetic lasso tool again. Just gonna make that more con trusted and brighter. So gonna go to brightness of contrasts. Contrast also helps with the saturation of the color. Andi, let me just put that in a folder. I'm gonna need that bag, and then I'm gonna submit the dress. I'm going to start to just address sleep with that dress. It's good if you put things in folders and organize. So with levels, levels help with the darkest and lightest parts off you garments. You wanna make the shadows? Really, Doc, you want to make my parts with the lights and then let's go to your situation, play around with these adjustments and find the right ones that work while for your garment . I usually stick to levels, brightness and contrast um, exposure. If the lighting isn't quite right. So levels, brightness and contrast us saturation exposure. Yeah, that's pretty much what I usually stuck to you and that will help, And that will help intensify the color and make a picture look more vibrant and alive. I said I'm gonna slick my heads, and I'm just gonna just it a bit with brightness of contrasts and levels. I just wanted to look more docker. And if you want to learn how to draw faces, I haven't earlier class for pencil sketching. I'm gonna label this head. So let's know, say you want to see your garment in a different color You want to see if it would look great in another color? See, select the dress, select a solid color, go to model side and well, and then you can just change the colors upper beds and it gives you a difference. Looks even try to decide. Perhaps the original color doesn't work so well with what you have chosen. Great thing about this technique is that it allows you to see your garments in different colors giving your options. So let's say you want Teoh produce what you've designed. Now you can envision that in different colors. We set off having to make a sample in the different colors safety money, and it saves you time. That's why a lot of people like to work through for the shop with their illustrations. I'm just gonna add an extra layer for brightness contrast and for levels just to bring up the intensity off. The whole picture of whole image wants to let the background and I'm gonna change the color . And thats will help your government stand out even more is to try and pick a color that is complimentary to your garment color. Another option that you have is you can bring in a background to paper background and you can put that on top, change that to multiply. And he gives this beautiful effects. So today we've learned different ways to jazz up our illustration and toe. Add that texture and intensity to make you illustrations look even more stunning. 4. Practising Brushstrokes: So I'm gonna start by swatch ing the colors that I'm gonna be using for my for here I have blue, so you know which colors I used And a lime green, an emerald green and the black. And the first thing you need to know about first that it's not just one color. So if it's green is gonna have different shades of green is gonna have a little bit of blue in it. And some black, obviously, for the really dark parts, Let's start. So I'm going to start with a black the center. I'm gonna draw it like, um, like a like a fireworks. Think fireworks. So you do these really shop strokes coming from the center coming out, and then I'm going to put the green on the outside and then I'm gonna put the blue. So this is for practice. I want you to practice your brush strokes. So this is how the defined areas of the for on the jacket will be and so many different types of way of painting for this is just one of those ways. This is for the really defined areas, and the whole coaches are gonna have is not gonna be really defined is gonna have some person to find some parts that aren't which I'm going to show you about now. So with defined parts, you're gonna start really, really dark with black and then you come out and then you add color. So we have a really black and you have the green and the blue. And by giving it olders different colors, it gives treaty beautiful. It's like later on overall picture when it's old done. So I'm justified ing with shadows Super super black. I just use this time to practice your brush strokes and that not so defined areas we do dip your brush in water and then just do some really cares. Go back into pure Russian war again implemented out just hairs hairs on your lent out. That's with undefined areas off your coat. So practice how to do these shops drugs. How do these hairs desert brush strokes will be gonna producing Overall. Okay, let's get started 5. Starting to Paint: okay, You're gonna need some clean water. And to brush is a smaller size you have and the size just above that. And I'm gonna start by painting on the color. We're gonna use that firework technique that I showed you in the previous lesson. I want my call it to be pretty defying into That's where I'm gonna place that's technique. So just a pure brush in water and paint on Let's get started just like we practiced before . It's for the defined areas and I'm just gonna out lane the coast. I just use up all the paint on my brush dark areas around here to start lining where you shadows are going to be. I'm just going to find here that a bit more so really, What we're gonna be doing basically, is sort of daring and building off thesis brushstrokes, and the outside of your color is lighter because of the lights will be falling on the edges . So, of course is easy. If you're painting your coat from a picture so you can just follow picture and makes it easy to that, you know where you want to place your lights where you want to place your shadows rather than painting from mine. But if you are pretty good at painting for my and then you can do that, I used um, pictures of reference I saw before the four way. I wanted to place my shadows and lights, but then I just went free on the design of the codes. So it's just these lights or strokes that would just go into there on top. Off shadows are usually placed on the edge of the codes inside, five sleeve right here at the bottom also, and insides your color closest to your neck that everywhere else should be lighter should be painted in like two colors of the blues and the light of greens. Do it lightly. This also is good to just do it, likely also, because if you make mistakes, you can just go back with your brush and been watching your that out. It's like you practice just like hares light tears and he's gonna be layering on top decision. See, we're starting to see like this for effect on. Also, you see that I'm not painting everywhere. This certain person just leaving unpainted. It just makes it easier. Also for mistakes. So because you paint everything, you can't really undo everything. And then also like place. Um, certain parts or dark suits imparts a light sort of do it sometimes have hazard lead so that you don't just have like one. But they said stock one place. It's like she just spread it out a bit. Refer because old hairs don't live the same way in the same direction, OK? 6. Finishing Off: Okay, so now we're gonna do our other side, and I'm gonna make the side just slightly lighter than the first side because my light is coming from the left going towards the rights. So I'm just gonna paint in where the shadows are gonna be, where it's gonna be slightly darker than the rest of the coats. And with the side just used soft to brush strokes, it's not as deep is the other side in color. It's lighter, softer. So with the sudden definitely gonna blend more, we're not gonna do so much layering. And as you can see, I'm leaving certain parts unpainted. You're not gonna paint the whole side like we did with our first with our first sight of the coats. And of course, there's always the shadow underneath your color. Just blending without this is definitely more free, unless to find very soft three strokes when I'm using less blue on the side because of the lights. So I'm just going to find the darker parts even more. Struck it up more here and there. And as you can see, I left the outside of my sleep unpainted. I just blended it all out so it seems like fades away. So as you can see painting for codes, it's not that difficult. It's just the idea off you giving the illusion off looking like a fur coat. The impression more, more like kids so you can see how we did offer codes, and I finished the rest off the figure out of some jeans and T shirts. 7. How to Paint Draped Jersey: I'm going to show you how to paint jersey and for my dress. My dress is pretty gathered, so the first thing I'm gonna do is outlined the dress and I'm going to start also to just place the shadows. It's always good to place your shadows first. So you know, it's what gives you, like a road map off. How how you gonna paint the whole illustration? So jury sees a pretty solid fabric when you look at it, you don't really see a lot of places where the light is bouncing off if it absorbs the light, so it's gonna be we're gonna paint pretty much the whole dress and just leave of few places unpainted. But that's just give it like a pretty what a color effect. So here I, outlining my gathering, okay, says you can see a pretty much painted the top and feeling it'll out here. And when you start to feel except on the shadows, you just blend to pure brushing water and blend out water color so that there is a difference between where there's a lot of shadow and with the isn't just blend that all out , and you can see him, leaving some places and painted just for now. So the key to drawing jersey outlining lining the outside of the dress that gathers the shadows. And when you blend everything that's in between, that's how you do. It is supposed to like if you're painting so you wouldn't do a lot of outlining, you will do very, very minimal. But with Jersey, you want out, Clyde. That's how you do it. And then you blend what's in between what's not outlined with it. You outlining your shadow placement, you outlining the dress itself, outlining the gathers and then everything else. You blend and feel free to just adds quite a bit of ward sisters like Blender out really well. And here we go, thistles the complete picture. So it's a lot of blending out, and then you just leave a few places unpainted, and it already gives the impression off a solid fabric