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Character design, part 12

5 Aug

Another drawing from imagination. This young woman is cheerful, probably on a party.

Character design, part 12

I always find it interesting that if you keep banging on your art, however mediocre it is at the start, it will only get better the more you do it.

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Character design, part 11

5 Aug

Combining different structures can give an interesting composition, both in a drawing and in clothing. This drawing tries to explore that idea. It is based on a photo in a fashion magazine. The vertical striping in the skirt contrasts with the somewhat more flat structure in the shirt, and the beads try to make union, also accentuating the most important lines in this woman’s attire.

Character design, part 11

I’m starting to get an idea how fashion works. Of course, I will need several years to refine those ideas.

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Character design, part 10

5 Aug

Here is another drawing from imagination, trying to portray a fashionable woman. The anatomy is totally off, but the emotion and spirit is there, I think.

Character design, part 10

I guess that spirit is what you want to capture. I just need to refine my art and make it more on-model.

This time I colored the inked drawing with actual colored pencil, instead of using an image editor. I think there is value in coloring analogue, just as there is value in drawing analogue. The amount of immediate feedback you get with analogue tools can’t be reproduced digitally. You need at least have experienced how it looks and feels.

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Character design, part 9

5 Aug

Keeping your design simple enough is hard when you’re still exploring how to draw something, where to put things. Also, seeing details you normally ignore (like fashion for me) is something which takes time, lots of time. You can’t expect to recognize, let alone appreciate something if you haven’t explored lots and lots of it. At some point you have seen enough to learn what you like and don’t like, what speaks to you, and how to accentuate something you’ve seen into an even stronger presentation.

While I’m working on that, here is another –hopefully not too crummy looking– fashion drawing. I’m trying to find the essential parts of the clothing, and what I presume makes it work.

Character design, part 9

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Character design, part 8

5 Aug

Character design, part 8The trick of fashion drawing doesn’t seem to be very exact, but rather to leave a lot of room for interpretation. I guess this applies to fashion photography as well.

While the drawing on the right might not seem very artistic, it is the coloring which gives the strong feeling that a mood is being conveyed. The woman wears somewhat sloppy clothing (one shoulder is bare, while the other is covered), almost tramp-like (the sturdy brown shoes and the hat). The necklace gives her back her feminine look, as does the bracelet. It is this ambiguity of gender and social status that gives the tension to this pose, and forces people to look closer. The age-old questions are being asked: “Is it a boy or a girl,” and: “Is she rich or is she poor?”

As you can see, I’m trying to find out what makes fashion drawing tick. I’m still in the naiveté stage, in which I have more questions than answers, and the answers I do have, might not be generally applicable.

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Character design, part 7

5 Aug

I drew this sketch from imagination. The legs are a bit too long for comfort, as is her left hand. I need to do some sketching based on reference photos to get this right. Her right hand isn’t particularly graceful. The general idea is there, though. Fashion photos seem to be pinups of dynamic poses, trying to evoke a certain mood to go with the presentation of the clothes and accessories.

Character design, part 7

The article I mentioned yesterday which was touted on the cover of the fashion magazine as being about the relationship between age and fashion turned out to be another article altogether. Women of different ages were asked for their psychological profile (a psychologist was asked to comment and put into perspective). All very interesting, but it has nothing to do with fashion, what people wear, and why.

I guess that means I should just study those photos, and look past all the frowning and posing of those fashion pinups. If someone smiles, and the eyebrows are low in the face, I know it is a forced smile, posed in front of a camera. The same applies to all those women who are frowning to make them appear more authoritative and idyllic.

The latter is funny, because most young women don’t seem to have idols anymore, and are more about self-expression than following some leader in pop culture or elsewhere. Still, fashion magazines keep using those photos which assume some form of idolization. No wonder they are struggling to survive. The fashion magazines are still top-down, while the modern generation is much more bottom-up. A social networking website about fashion would be more appropriate to capture the attention of the Internet generation.

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