Or, in which I decide to improve my disastrous drawing skills.
I am baring my soul to you in this post, dear readers, and showing you my efforts with a pen and paper. I’ve decided that this is going to be a skill I simply HAVE to improve this year, or else I am going to keep forgetting my ideas or be unable to describe them to curious friends and family. If I have any aspirations to working with fashion at all, my sketching is going to have get better. Call it a resolution! I watched Lagerfeld Confidential the other night and loved watching Karl’s method of sketching – with a black texta, using his fingers to smudge colour into the designs. It made me hopeful that not all fashion sketching has to be perfect art.
I know that many designers use what is called a ‘croquis’, or a line drawing of a figure, to draw over and design an outfit. So that is what I decided to do as my first step. Human proportions are very difficult to get right! I found a book at work which had several figures in different poses, which was super helpful. Daily outfits and basic ideas are what I am drawing to start off – anything to get my brain used to thinking and working this way. Here is one of my more recent attempts!
I know, it is somewhat lacking in personality, and the shape of the model is nothing like my own. But the point is, I now remember what my concept with this outfit was, and what I liked about it. It is a vast improvement on the disproportionate, weirdly-angled shapes I draw free-hand. Sketching how fabric falls and behaves is a new challenge as well! Perhaps one day, I will have something to offer the What I Wore Today (Drawings Only) group. I am absolutely staggered by the talent that is there, and also insanely jealous!
One day, my friends, one day… Until then, I will push on and remember that Coco Chanel never sketched her designs either!