bob book coverStorytelling, which is used extensively by artists in the Entertainment Design field, is something which is also in Fashion Art. It may be more subtle than an animated character but it tells a narrative just the same.

I have been attending The Drawing Club for many years and I am thrilled to announce the new book of work by 66 artists from The Drawing Club in Glendale, CA. My spread is on page 127 and the book is available through Amazon starting Aug. 15, 2014.


Look inside the book – http://www.thedrawingclub.com/the-book/


50's French Fashion - charcoal illustration
50’s French Fashion – charcoal illustration



Fashion illustration tells the story of the woman or man wearing the clothes. Who are they? Do you want to know them? Do you want to be them? These are many of the questions a really great fashion Illustration can elicit. Fashion is subliminal messaging. The customer is “told” a particular story to entice him or her to BUY the object…and the message.


  1. Body language – physical movement or action driven by the cut and fit of clothing
  2. Physical distance (hoop skirts)
  3. Touch – feel of fabric on skin (Bridal satin as soft as buttercream)
  4. Sound – (rustle of a taffeta ballgown)
  5. Smell – most primitive – connection between smell, memory & mood (fabrics like leather and wool have a definite smell that may elicit an emotional response due to a strong memory)



The most intimate of design forms. The wearer changes the clothing to conform to their body and personality. The designer’s vision becomes blended with what the wearer brings to it. Symbols & Signs with cultural significance have specific meaning to a group based on cultural identity

The Wearer – puts it all together to produce an appearance and may assign meaning to that appearance. The Observer – May or may not read the meaning, and may have his/her own interpretation.




–Protection – environmental

–Modesty – cultural

–Attraction – biological drive to find a mate

–Identity – age, gender, lifestyle, group affiliation



GEST003URE & MOVEMENT are everything in fashion illustration.

The counter balance of the angle of the hips vs the angle of the shoulders is at the heart of it.


LINE, the most important part of many fashion illustrations tells the story of the materials.



Drawing clothing is not just about accurate drawing of details.

It is also discovery of the sensual nature of clothing: the “hand” of the cloth, the drape, reflection, transparency or opacity.

All these things are important for the artist to express either as detail or a hint of what that sensory experience is.

A thin delicate line evokes a lighter than air chiffon summer dress.

A thick textured line can indicate the heavy, nubby wool of a winter coat.



1960's theme

1960’s theme

The wrong COLOR can date an illustration faster than anything else. Pink for example comes in and out of fashion but it is always a little different, more warm or cool, high or low intensity, and always associated with a particular time period.


SHAPE: FORM LANGUAGE & SILHOUETTE are also indicators of a time period. The graceful curves of the hour-glass shape, especially in the 20th Century, tended to alternate almost every decade with the straight line rectangle or triangle. The hour-glass of The 1950’s Dior New Look gave way to the straight line geometry of the 1960’s.



PROPORTION Elongating the figure in any illustration gives that person more importance, attitude, and dominance of the space around them. Fashion students do however have to be careful to distinguish between hyper elongated figures to sell the lifestyle message and the reality of the proportions of the real garment for a real human.



FASHION that becomes associated with a particular time period and aesthetic becomes COSTUME once it is out of date as contemporary style. When a person dresses in a way that disguises who they are, so that they become someone else, it is considered COSTUME

Marie Antoinette - charcoal - from a live model

Marie Antoinette – charcoal – from a live model

FASHION is a prevailing custom or style of dress, etiquette, socializing, etc.: the latest fashion in dresses.

COSTUME is a style of dress, including accessories and hairdos, that are particular to a nation, region, group, or historical period.




To see class demonstrations or more fashion sketches FIND ME ON: INSTAGRAM & FACEBOOK

Also look for my DRAWING FASHION E-books on LULU.COM

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Anouk Wipprecht

Anouk Wipprecht

I just came back from a 3 day conference in San Francisco on SMART FABRICS & WEARABLE TECH.  This is just a sampling of some of the work that I found there.  There was SO much more.  Here is a link to the conference itself http://www.smartfabricsconference.com/smart-fabrics-2014-in-san-francisco.aspx

For info on what Art Center College of Design is doing with Wearable Tech http://artcenter.edu/dot/wearables.php


Here are some thoughts on Relating Tech back to Fashion

Julia Koerner in collaboration with Iris van Herpen and 3-D printing Co. Materialize

Julia Koerner in collaboration with Iris van Herpen and 3-D printing Co. Materialize

Vuzix Corp. - Smart Glasses

Vuzix Corp. – Smart Glasses

1. The future of manufacturing

  • Wearables: the first native industry of the new manufacturing

  • 3-D printing, intelligent robotics, digital parts, open source design, active supply chain, blue tooth connections to devices.

  • In 10 years 3-D Printing will be 90% cheaper

  • Robotics already 90% cheaper than in 2005

  • Shift to regional factories – small-simple-local

  • This means that the trend of fashion manufacturing returning to LA should increase.

  • The order in which designers do business – Sell it before you make it.

    • build a team, dream it, draw it, sell it, make it, ship it (from Sonny Vu, MisFit Wearables)


Flexible OLEDs - Universal Display Corp.

Flexible OLEDs – Universal Display Corp.

2. Shift in concept approach and terminology as it relates to Fashion.

  • Terminology – “Elegant” refers to invisible and light weight

  • purpose of wearables – but what order will these need to be in for Fashion Industry?

    • Self expression – aesthetics/fashion/elegant

    • Utilitarian – comfort & protection – (new) washable

    • Identity – brand or tribe association

    • New – its useful

    • New – data

Elastolite - EL lighting - Oryon Technologies

Elastolite – EL lighting – Oryon Technologies

3. What is needed for Fashion

  • ability to use textiles as a platform for sensor

  • improved for touch, fabric weight, drape, stretch, wash-ability

  • convenience risk of overwhelming the user with technologies

  • battery size and weight

  • improved materials for 3-D printers

  • what about high end customers fixation on “luxury” materials?

  • Eco fashion and 3-D printing…what materials, recycling issues?



Janet Hansen, Enlighted Designs - Smart RGB LED Pixel Systems for Wearables.

Janet Hansen, Enlighted Designs – Smart RGB LED Pixel Systems for Wearables.

4. Speakers I was most interested in

  • Flexible OLEDs – Dr. Mike Hack – Universal Display Corp.

  • Anouk Wipprecht – Couture – also her association with AutoDesk – Pier 9 – SF

  • Julia Koerner – Suprastudio, UCLA – collaborations with Matierialize and Iris van Herpen

  • Sonny Vu – MisFit Wearables – Getting a Wearable Product to Market

  • Paul Brody – IBM – open souce design and 3-D printers.

I am currently teaching Visual Merchandising and Display at Mt San Antonio College in Walnut, CA.  We are using Sketch UP Pro to design the displays but I believe it is important for students to learn to SKETCH THEIR IDEAS MANUALLY.  so they are required to carry a 5.5 x 8.5 spiral bound sketchbook with them at all times to sketch their ideas and take notes.  Here is a sample of a sketchbook spread from a trip I took to San Francisco last Christmas.  I was looking at some Macy’s store windows and thinking about how else this idea could be used at another season, other merchandise or another context.  Here is my sketchbook page.   I have also put a SKETCH UP PRO Notes pdf on the Student Resources page here with links to great tutorials.


Sketchbook for Display Design Ideas

If you are like me, you have a number of these pens that seem to be full but don’t work because the tips are clogged.  Well I finally got fed up and decided to try to take one of the tips apart…and yes, I fix my sewing machines too.   So after a bit of trial and error I found the solFixBicPenution….ENJOY.

  1. Unscrew the tip – take a pliers and turn the chrome tip to the left.  As my husband taught me –“righty tighty, lefty loosey”. It will come out.
  2. Pull the clogged part carefully out of the outer tip cover (A)
  3. These parts are VERY small so be careful not to lose any.
  4. Soak in nail polish remover – it will soften the white ink and make it easier to remove.
  5. Carefully pull the interior TIP (B) out of the coil spring (C). 
  6. Use a pin or needle to clean out all the parts. 


Carefully reinsert the pin tip (B) into the spring (C) and push into the outer tip cover (A).

Screw the assembled tip back into the pen – be sure to clean off the top of the pen before reinserting.

Screw all the way in until the pin tip (B) emerges from the chrome tip cover.  Press down on the tip while squeezing the pen to get the ink to flow again through the tip.


Check my other pages on this blog for fashion drawing templates, e-books, and videos resources.

PVAC SignaturesFrontNov13PostcardMy designs will be part of a Gatsby themed Fashion Show this Sunday – Nov 3, 2013

SIGNATURES FASHION SHOW this Sunday at the Palos Verdes Art Center – Tickets still available -$45

Gatsby themed show, dancers, models, Fashion Show, Champagne Luncheon, Boutique – 12:30 – 3pm

FOR TICKETS You may charge tickets by phone by calling The Artists’ Studio Gallery, 424-206-9902,


SheersMarkerPencilProgressionDetailHeadIllustrating Sheers is the same manually as it is using Photoshop.  You still need to think of the layers the way the fabric is put together in the outfit.

  1. Preliminary drawing on tracing paper or temp. layer if using Photoshop.
  2. Skin tone first – all shading complete using marker.
  3. Bottom sheer layer first – use marker and colorless blender.  In Photoshop, use airbrush, and  set opacity from 20% – 30% depending on transparency of fabric.
  4. Pink slip in this illustration is silk charmeuse and so is rather opaque.  the yellow jacket is organza and is sheer.  The light pink skirt added to bottom of slip is chiffon.
  5. White pencil is used to add subtle highlights to layers.  Also to create a gauzy, barrier effect between layers.  In Photoshop set opacity of white layer to 30% and use airbrush.
  6. Work from light to dark adding layers in the order they are on the actual outfit.SheersMarkerPencilProgressionDetailLace
  7. At the end use white gel pen to create white or light color lace, black fine point marker to create black lace.
  8. Use black pencil to indicate seams, fine details, and to hold edges of shapes,

The illustration below shows the complete progression from first sketch to final rendering.





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