In Visual Communications, we practiced fashion illustration with gesture drawings, blocking, and blind contour (see process Here). We used graphite and watercolor to create the base for a more elaborate project that would eventually coexist as technique for our Tribe. After numerous paintings, we chose our best then made bitmaps. After the bitmaps were made, Adobe illustrator and Photoshop were utilized to transform our flat figures into digital life. After many layers of shading, new pen tools, and inspiration of our established tribe, clothes and flesh were drawn out by the Wacom tablet to establish our tribe’s identity. Multiple revisions were also made including adjusting anatomy, shading, developing finer detail in hands and face, and overall theme conceptualization.
I emphasized more on targeting my learning with the actual sketching and fashion illustration. Granted I had prior figure drawing classes, fashion illustration is still comparably different because of the elongated proportions and stylistic attitude associated with it. Overall I believe my shading technique is well established, however I still need more practice with the fashion illustration. In addition, I wish I would’ve planned my outfit sketches a little more with more purpose in order to be more inventive in addition to the technique.
Below are photos in reverse chronological order and reference photos while refining sketches.