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How to Draw Torsos on Your Fashion Figures

In fashion figures, a couple of trapezoids on top of each other give you the basic idea of the torso’s shape, but you need armholes, leg holes, crotches, breasts, and pecs to turn a shape into a person [more…]

How to Choose a Good Pose for Your Fashion Drawings

Not all poses you see on real-life models translate well onto paper, but it’s helpful to recognize different poses and understand what types of poses work well with different types of clothing. [more…]

Fashion Drawing: How to Sketch a Basic Figure

When drawing fashion illustrations, you first create a rough sketch of the body, also referred to as a croquis. Then you draw the clothes that go on top. [more…]

Make Your Fashion Drawing Art Reflect Your Personal Style

As you get comfortable with pencil and paper, work on incorporating a technique or two that tells the viewer that this drawing was done by you, not one of the hundreds of other artists out there. Here [more…]

The Field of Fashion Illustration

Back in the days before the Internet and great cameras, fashion illustrators were essential for showing a designer’s creations. Today, you find fewer true fashion illustrators who make their living through [more…]

How to Pick Out Paper for Your Fashion Drawings

You may be torn between buying a pad of paper or individual sheets for your fashion drawings. When you’re starting out, buy pads of drawing paper because you get more bang for your buck. [more…]

How to Evaluate Pencils for Fashion Drawing

Why are some pencils so popular for fashion artists? Because folks have used them since kindergarten! They’re the comfort food of art supplies. You use pencils to begin your sketch, put the finishing touches [more…]

How to Pick Permanent Markers for Fashion Drawings

You can use markers for a variety of purposes in fashion drawing. Some artists love to add marker lines over a pencil sketch to get that sharp, clean look [more…]

Basic Lines, Curves, and Shapes in Fashion Drawing

All fashion drawings consist of lines, curves, and geometric shapes. Figuring out how to draw smooth, flowing lines and shapes that vary from dark to light, thick to thin, and bold to subtle isn’t always [more…]

Create a Basic Stick Figure for Fashion Drawing

Drawing a stick figure, or line figure, is a perfect way for beginners to get comfortable with basic figures for fashion drawing, and it serves as a refresher for people who’ve done figure drawing before [more…]

How to Draw a Fashion Stick Figure in Profile

When drawing a stick figure from the side for your fashion sketches, start with an 8-head count. A stick figure drawn from the side looks a bit more relaxed because you show a bit of a curve in the spine [more…]

How to Draw Heads for Basic Fashion Figures

Start with a basic oval when drawing a head for your fashion drawings. Take a look at your head in a mirror. Ignore your facial features and hair, and see that your head is longer than it is wide — the [more…]

How to Draw the Neck and Shoulders for Fashion Figures

A fashion head is basically an oval to which you attach a beautiful upper body. Start with the neck and add in shoulders to see your fashion figure start to come alive. Breaking figure drawings down into [more…]

How to Draw Arms on Fashion Figures

When making fashion sketches, you have to draw the arms in proportion to the rest of the body, or your drawing will look very off-balance. A common beginner’s mistake is to make the arms too short, so [more…]

How to Draw Hands on Fashion Figures

Many new fashion artists hide the hands by sticking them behind the figure’s back or by drawing shapes that looks like paws. But hands don’t have to be so hard if you use basic shapes and curves. [more…]

How to Draw Waists and Hips on Fashion Figures

Waistlines come in all shapes and sizes, even in fashion drawing, but the basics remain: a woman’s waist is curvy, and a guy’s is relatively straight. Hips are wider and curvier on women and straighter [more…]

How to Draw Legs on Fashion Figures

Counting head lengths when drawing fashion figures works when dividing up the length of the legs. The entire length of legs in a figure drawing runs about 4 heads. The knee joints start within the 6th [more…]

How to Draw Feet on Fashion Figures

Feet hold the body up, so don’t draw them too small on your fashion figure drawings — the length of your foot is about the length of your forearm, from the crease of your elbow to the start of your wrist [more…]

How to Add Depth to Fashion Drawings with Shading

Shading techniques are used in both figure and fashion drawing but in somewhat different ways. In fashion illustration, you often use shading to create a fabric texture or to accent a curve in the body [more…]

The Four Fashion Views in Fashion Drawing

Fashion illustrators use four views when drawing a model. Imagine yourself trying on an outfit and looking in the mirror. What views do you try to get to determine whether a look is for you? Here are the [more…]

Curve a Fashion Figure's Spine with the Letter S

Fashion figures often twist and move into extreme positions. Nearly all wonderful fashion drawings start with the S curve. No, the S curve isn’t some special code that fashionistas use. It’s a drawing [more…]

How to Slant Shoulders and Hips without Drawing S Curves

The drama and interplay between the line of the shoulders and the line of the hips really bring fashion illustration to life. You can create a terrific torso by following a simple fashion formula that [more…]

Proportions in Fashion Drawing

Long and lean is the overall motto of fashion design for women! Legs, arms, and torsos on female bodies are drawn at unrealistic lengths and widths. Male and children’s bodies are drawn a little more realistically [more…]

Basic Shapes for Drawing Torsos in Fashion Figures

The basic torso is simply two trapezoids drawn one above the other. The upper trapezoid is upside-down, and the lower one is right side up. Both male and female torsos have these shapes, but each has a [more…]

Add Attitude to Fashion Drawings by Bending Figures at the Waist

The way the lines of the shoulders play off the angle of the hips can make your fashion drawing really fierce! The angles you choose for the shoulders, hips, and waist can convey totally different attitudes [more…]


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