There are numerous differences between the normal female figure and the figure you use for fashion illustrations. How to draw the fashion body? It is not enough to observe the real life figure, but also you have to know how to change what you see. In this tutorial you will explore the differences body part by body part and see them as no book shows it to you.
Step 1: Different face types
So many shapes of face: diamond, oblong, round, squeare, heart and oval .
Although in real life we see all different types of heads and faces, in fashion illustration it is recommended to use the oval one, as it is concidered to be “the perfect face shape”.
Step 2: Normal or fashion neck
Fashion models have long, thin necks and emphasized collarbones. If you remember this and apply it to your illustrations they will look more graceful and elegant. Note how anatomic details are skipped and the collarbone is exaggerated to make her look bonier.
Step 3: The fashion figure
Even if you are drawing a woman with ideal body, her proportions still won’t work for fashion illustration. In fashion drawing the body is very idealized.
o The shoulders are straightened up and high, never bent down.
o The breasts are pushed up, round and not too big. Be carefudll with this, because many illustrators tend to give their models a bigger bra with the idea to make them look sexier, but this is not the best solution to represent drawn garments.
o The waist is very thin- with about the same width that the head in it’s widest part is.
o The hips are the same width as the breastline. Think 90-60-90.
Details that are typical for a fit body are welcome, but don’t go too far with this.
Step 4: The arms
The main differance between a normal arm and a fashion arms is that the latter is thiner and more defined. See how the shape of the arm is more “angular” and how thiner the wrist is. To draw thiner arms don’t mean to make them longer, so make sure to keep the real life proportions and the place of the elbow (the same line the waist lies).
Step 5: How to draw hands
This is among the most asked question in fashion illustration, but it will be discussed in a separate tutorial.
Comparing the real life hand with the fashion one, it is easy to note that the fashion illustration hand has lost most of the details. You draw no wrinkles, and mark ever so slightly the bones. Your model’s hands have to be delicate and in a feminine fashion, not hidden behind her back.
Step 6: Long, long legs
Another very specific thing about fashion illustration are the beautiful long legs of the models. In the image below you can see how the shape of the thigh is more defined and even a muscle detail is shown.
The knee is just hinted, never give it too much details. Just keep it thiner and slightly tilted.
The biggest change is in the lenght of the calf. It’s lenght is turning point for the good look of your illustration. A leg looks slimmer and longer if its calf, not thigh, is enlenghtened.
Step 7: How to draw feet
The feet in fashion drawing are longer and thiner than the normal ones. The ankle is more defined and the instep is more shaped. When you draw the toes it’s absolutely enough to draw only the thumb with its nail and leave the rest ot the toes to viewer’s imagination.