Thursday, October 28, 2010

Gestures and Alternative Markets

We're working on alternative markets this week in Fashion Illustration; that is, plus sizes, children, men and maternity.
As an activity in class we did really quick crayon gestures to get a feel for drawing different sized and shaped bodies.
 Large sizes are the same proportions as our 9-head model but bigger. No lumps or bumps like a normal person. "This isn't figure drawing," my teacher said. Basically just normal women only larger.

Children come in three different sizes. Our teacher urged us not to draw babies.
"Babies are just blobs. Blobs that wear sacks," she said.

Men pose differently than women and are very styled. Lots of crinkles and folds in the clothes. The trick is not having a too feminine man. My friend, Sean Sutter, told me the way to draw men manly is to make them look ugly.
Maternity designs are just the normal 9-head model with a large half-sphere right under the rib-cage. I love pregnant ladies, which is good because half my friends are with-child or just gave birth.
I'm designing a maternity line for my homework this week. So far I have a casual wear outfit, office outfit and a formal dress.


TheHeatherGirl said...

These are super! I am very impressed with your skill, Melody.

Forevermelody said...

thanks. I like the freedom of simple crayon gestures. They're messy and flawed - like real life.

Kate said...

these are gorgeous! you are so talented!

travelgirl said...

Fabulous! I love gesture sketching. I think my favorite one you did is of the guy...looks like such a typical guy posture. And I love what your friend said about drawing men in a manly way, haha

Forevermelody said...

I love this encouragement. It really helps me keep practicing.
Thanks so much!

Forevermelody said...

Eff - I totally messed up that quote from my teacher, she said, "Blobs" not "blogs," damn typos.


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