For some time I had this idea for a fashion illustration book review in my head, but was wondering where to begin from .So many fashion books in the library and at least half of them are great ones! Finally I decided to start from the very beginning – the book that changed my life and fashion drawing in the most significant way. Enjoy reading the review for the amazing book by Kathryn Hagen- “Fashion Illustration for Designers”
When you first see this book you’re like: “Wow! That’s something….big”.
With its 600 pages “Fashion illustration for Designers” is definitely one of the heaviest fashion books I own.
From the first sight you notice how rich of illustrations this book is – at least 4-5 per page. Well… most of them are in Black and White, but in the end you get to see some gorgeous color illustrations and the sweetest surprise: You have a DVD with video tutorials on how to draw fashion sketches by the genius Kathryn Hagen.
Here are some of the videos that you have with much better quality on the DVD included:
The book covers pretty much everything you need to know. Covers not only wide range of fashion drawing tips, but also explains how to collect layouts and picture references, talks about managing the composition and how to work with Photoshop. How to pick the best pose to present the garment you’re drawing and how to organize a fashion portfolio. There are also many exercises to help you practice your new skills.
• Hand tools
Talks about the advantages and disadvantages of different drawing medias such as: Crayons, Markers, Watercolors, Gouache…..
• Fashion Heads
Step by step guides on how to draw fashion heads in different positions and from different races. How to draw eyes, hair, noses and mouth.
• Fashion Hands and Fashion Legs
Covers the structure of the arms and hand; explains how to draw feet from the back, side, front and ¾ view
• Fashion poses
Shows an excellent technique to develop every possible pose you can ever have in mind.
• How to draw clothes
Chapters on how to draw swimsuit, dresses and skirts, tops, trousers, tailoring, gowns and layers of clothing. Lace, ruffles, prints, folds, stripes, transparent fabrics, sequins….it’s a long list
How to draw a male fashion figure, face and clothing.
• Kids and Teens
How to draw kids at different ages. Specifics in choosing the pose and attitude for kidswear and how to draw teens –proportions and tricks.
• Understanding of designing:
Insider’s tips on the fashion business and managing the workflow. How to define your customer and design for her/him. How to create a stunning portfolio layout.
Valuable basic tips on how to use the computer to improve the look of your sketches. Shows also some digital effects and tricks
This is the book I learned a lot about coloring. Actually my whole coloring technique is based on the rules shown in “Fashion Illustration for Designers”. Shows how to color evenly, how to build shadows and color different textiles.
Apart from the precious step by step tips that can really guide you through the process I need to mention that every time I open this book a huge wave of inspiration gets onto my head. The illustrations are so beautiful that you can’t just stand like this – you feel an urge to grab a pencil and improve your skills like immediately!
I was obsessed with this book for a long time before buying it. More than 5 years after I bought it I still look into and find something I haven’t seen. It’s just full of precious gems.
I have the first edition (2004), but as I see there is a new edition(2010)…. Can’t imagine it being even better!