When starting sketching for a new collection, first of all you have to make your research. This means you should carefully study all the aspects for your source of inspiration.
Articles, photo collages, images found on Pinterest, Google or books, photos taken in trips or museums, they all should be placed in a journal because later on they will be part of the design process.
The design journal is a creative tool that can be accessed anytime. It is an active source of inspiration for any designer and it serves as a creative kit.
These are some inspiring images I found in a book about African art and added them to my journal.I photocopied some pages that will help me explain you how one should think when it comes to creativity.
First of all, and the simplest way is to get inspired by the Shape.
See the exterior shape of this African sculpture and decompose it in details: see the geometric forms, the patterns, the colors, the textures and so on.
I will show you each time what inspired me for a particular area in the costume. Don’t think if the result will be a dress or a pullover, a skirt or a coat. Simply don’t.
Just let it flow and feel the image that gives you inspiration. This is what I do.
Tools can also inspire you, For example, this thick marker i am using for the lower part of the outfit. Just play and experiment.
As you already noticed, I am using different kind of lines and surfaces to create diversity. The image should look interesting in any part you will look. Imagine that each part of your drawing could be a poster hanged on a wall. This is the limit of the creativity and how you should think your costume.
Don’t be afraid to be spectacular. The sky is the limit. You will have enough time later to reduce it all and to make your outfit look wearable.
For the second sketch, I will get the inspiration from the decorative triangles and also from the texture in the lower part of the African sculpture.
I like Copic markers especially because they are very wet and they inspire my hand to be free to move all over the page. When a marker is dry, the lines will be edgy and rigid, you will see. I also like the brush edge that allows me to have fine lines and also a flexible hand.
My second favorite is posca white markers. I just love them because they leave beautiful strong lines on dark surfaces like this one.
When using markers, make sure to have a spare paper beneath. The markers will go through your white sheet of paper and they might ruin your drawings underneath.
I talked about an African source of inspiration and you saw how this image inspired me. Now, I will show you how to get inspired if the image is upside down. There is no need to look at a source of inspiration in a conventional way.
Try to be different and let it all flow. This time, the lower part – now the upper part of the upside down image – inspired me to create a big volume around the neck. It can be a huge scarf or a collar or even some big, volumetric sleeves.
Use dynamic lines to create the volume and to suggest the texture. The fabric could have wrinkles, it can be printed with a flat, bi dimensional pattern or it can be sewed with multiple fine fibers – that look like cylinders.When the upper part is heavy in details, keep the lower part simple, in one single color. There is no need to add details everywhere.
Art and graphic twin markers are also a useful tool I use – they have 2 edges and one of it look like brush. Try to buy multiple soft colors because you will mix them later to obtain other colors.Use 8B pencils to create the contrast and to underline the shape of your costume.
For the second drawing, I will rotate one more time the page. The more unconventional you look at an image, the better the result.I use this parts as sleeves or big shoulders for my outfit. You can imagine everything an please do the same exercise as me and then send me your drawings. I will use them in my next video and we will talk about them and I will help you with a feed-back.
In this creative part, nothing is wrong. You can play as long as you like, just keep in mind some simple basic rules:
If your costume has a lot of details in one part, it should remain simple in other parts.Then, don’t use too many colors in a single outfit. Another rule says that your outfit should be related to the source of inspiration.
When somebody will look at it, the source should be very easy to recognize.Maintain the local color of your outfit. If the source of inspiration has beautiful brown-beige colors, try to keep the same colors if possible.And last, try to rotate the image to discover unusual things. Things that nobody sees or observes. See the details, try to explore the textures, colors and patterns to create beautiful garments that will be the core of your future fashion collection.
First we said you will have to make your creative research. Then, the documentation and the sketching part will follow. After using the A4 paper on landscape format, you should decide now which of your ideas are the best.
These ones, we will transpose into visuals on portrait format. The human body will help us imagine even better how the costume looks like.
In this phase, you will need to add details, texts if necessary or even pieces of textile materials that will help you see how the actual costume will be.
The ideas I sketched in the left part of the screen are more of a guideline that I will use for my final work. Now it’s the moment to make the most of your drawing and costume.
You will improve it and make it look beautiful and in the meantime, it should be a useful tool for the next step: the construction of your garment in fabrics.
The drawing should be as clear as possible. This means, every person that sees it will imagine how the final product will look like.
I will do the same for the next sketch, so that you will get used to the process even better.
In this stage yu will need another source of inspiration: for example, an old anatomy drawing of yours or a photo wit a fashion pose.
They will help you to draw correctly the human posture.
Add colors and details to your fashion sketch, until you are fully pleased with the result.