Drawing Stylized Fashion Heads


Stylization in fashion illustration is still based on an understanding of basic anatomy.  Even a drawing with just a quick brush stroke or two requires that those strokes are in the right place anatomically.

I usually start with a structured “under-drawing” either on tracing paper for manual drawings or a temporary layer in Photoshop.

Once all the anatomical drawing problems have been solved, I am then free to create any type of stylized drawing. 

With a structured under-drawing I don’t worry about proportion problems or whether the drawing “reads” correctly if it is extremely abstracted

The image with three drawings together shows a progression of two different types of faces and hairstyles based on the same structural under-drawing.

It is important to draw the structural drawing of the head without hair so the proportions of the face can be drawn in correctly.  Then any hairstyle, headpiece or hat can be added in the correct proportion to the face.

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About Justine Limpus Parish

Associate Professor - Art Center College of Design apparel design - Product Design Dept. costume design - Entertainment Design Dept Fashion Instructor: Mt San Antonio College Workshop instructor: Disney Consumer Products
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One Response to Drawing Stylized Fashion Heads

  1. sheeba khan says:

    very intersting sketching…

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