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anatomy of a fashion illustration


Continuing on the topic of watercolor technique I thought it would be fun to show the evolution of a fashion illustration – my technique, anyway! My illustrations are more realistic than the typical stylized fashion illustrations you will see designers use. Fashion illustrators are trained to use a “croquis” which is an elongated template representing the fashion model.

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I start with an outline of the model in flesh colored watercolor pencil then I wash over it to leave just the faintest pigment.

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I add layers of color and more detail…it is possible to “erase” some lines by washing over them with water. For example, I like to draw in the eyes, nose, mouth, then wash over the face in water. This leaves the appearance of shadows which gives the face bone structure. Facial features requires a very light touch!

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The final step is to sketch over everything in pencil to define shapes and show movement. This illustration is inspired by the Miu Miu Fall 2013 Runway Collection.



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