I had intended this lesson to cover parts 1 to 5 of this long chapter about shapes, but I was too pressed for time and only managed part 1! No problem. Since I’m the only person on this book-based course, I will just make it a week longer and do parts 2 to 5 next week.
Chapter 3 covers shape in fashion illustration, building on the previous two chapters about line.
To recap, chapter 1 described how to draw the contour line of a figure. It introduced the balancing act technique to draw the figure starting from the head and working downwards, and it also showed how to consider the subject in terms of straight and curved lines. Opposition was used to make the illustration more dynamic. Chapter 2 examined how lines of different directions could be treated to form an idealised fashion figure.
In this class, I began learning how to see the subject in terms of shapes.
3.1 Drawing the figure in three shapes
To start this chapter, I did 3 drawings of the Fashion Huntress, based on a photo from her dress about town post yesterday.
The aim of this lesson was to encourage me to see the shapes in the figure, by considering how she could be broken down into just 3 shapes. Each drawing is of the same pose, but each separates the figure in different ways.
I like the head and arm combo in the first drawing, and the folded dress effect in the second. For the third drawing I was attempting to capture the fold lines in the dress, but I think the result was a little more abstract than I was intending.
It was an interesting move from lines to shapes. It is pity I didn’t have a chance to progress a little further through the chapter last night, but I’ve got that to look forward to next Wednesday!
By the way, do you like the new clarity in the images of my drawings?! As I mentioned in my last post, I’ve now got a scanner! Not only is it easier and quicker than the way I did it before (finding somewhere with even lighting to take a photograph, and then applying colour-correction to the photo), but the image is now much clearer. Nice white backgrounds instead of the previous murky greys. I’m very pleased.