Two weeks ago in my “Fashion & Costume Drawing” class at Art Center College of Design, I did a class demo showing the combination of drawing on paper with Photoshop. One of my favorite models, John Tucker, came dressed as Louis XIV complete with long black curly wig. To create the complete look of the time of Louis would require very expensive details: embroidery, lace, trim, jewels and so on. Completely out of our budget….but we have PHOTOSHOP.
Since I usually prefer to draw large on paper in order to get that bold expressive line, this demo was to show my method of combining that with Photoshop embellishments. The image to the left is the completed illustration with details from the actual costume as well as photos of historic textiles added on.
The drawing to the right is the original drawing created as a class demo. I usually draw on 18″ x 24″ white drawing paper using black Tombow pens and Waterbrush. Even at this stage I was already changing the costume or adding on details. The large Pagoda sleeve was not actually there. The embroidery on the stocking was also added.
I photograph the drawing with a good digital camera at 300 dpi, usually outside in the shade with a flash. This seems to give me the truest color with out glare. I then put the drawing into a new Photoshop document.
On the drawing to the left, you can see some of the additions being made. On many separate layers I add textile and trim details. I took a detail photo of the coat fabric and used clone stamp to “paint” the Jacquard print into the highlight areas of the drawing, letting it disappear into the shadows. The embroidery along the front edge of the coat and on the cuff what also painted on using clone stamp. I did enlarge the pattern for the sake of the drawing.
The vest which you see in the final illustration at the top was actually a photo of an authentic 17th century embroidery detail. I would still need to add buttons to make it more authentic. The tie was also created in a more traditional style.
I am sure there are many things that are not quite authentic to the trained eye of a costume historian, but then artists can’t help taking liberties for the sake of the art…artistic license and all that.