Sketches for 2014, number 7 — Bunka Gakuen University fashion

Location: Tokyo, Japan
In preparation for the self-directed Fashion Illustration course that I’ll be beginning tomorrow, I’ve done a fashion illustration sketch so that I can see the standard I’m starting from.

This coloured sketch is of a challenging design from a fashion show at Bunka Gakuen University. This women’s university in Tokyo specialises in fashion technology. The branched-off Bunka Fashion College has produced a number of Japan’s top fashion designers. I’m not familiar with the names, but they include Kenzo Takada, Junya Watanabe and Yohji Yamamoto.

140121 bunka gakuen

I drew this using charcoal pencil instead of my usual graphite pencil – the first time I’ve used charcoal pencil – and then coloured with dry watercolour pencils. I tried charcoal pencil because the fashion illustration course that I’ll be starting tomorrow will start off using this. It was quite nice to use – light to the touch, and with some of the expressiveness of the charcoal sticks that I’ve used before.

I tried drawing this figure in pastel back in August, but I hated it. So much so that I didn’t even post it at the time. That’s a big deal for me because I usually post everything except for the smallest of scribbles. I really didn’t like how it came out at all. This is how it looked:

130812 bunka gakuen

I think I was so disappointed at the time because I was hoping to achieve something closer to the original clothing, shown on the left here:


I have Zaena Miller, AKA The Last Straggler, to thank for alerting me to this interesting source of fashion. She posted about the international show at Graduate Fashion Week at Earls Court last June, in which some Bunka Gakuen fashion was featured.

This post is part of a series of sketches for 2014 that I will be posting every 3rd day. I will draw people and things from around the world that I find beautiful or interesting. The series will end on 29th December 2014 with post number 121.



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