Illustrating Sequins and Metallics

Here are drawings from a class demo this week at Mt SAC on illustrating sequin and metallic fabrics.

Materials used:

Marker Paper

Black marker blended with 10% cool grey marker

White accents- white out pen for sequins, white Prismacolor pencil for lame, white gouache for high contrast whites on lame, white gel pen for small white accents

Black Prismacolor pencil for detail lines: seams, etc.

The key to doing metallic fabrics is to have high contrast lighting from one side.  The value range on metallics is extreme, going from almost black to the actual color of the fabric to highly reflective whites.  Even white fabric will go 50% black in the shadow areas in order for the reflective part to show.  I tell students to be careful of reflective light from other objects.  If an orange table is next to the white sequin or lame draped fabric it will reflect red into some of the shadow areas near the table. 

blended black and green marker, white-out pen, white gouache

The illustrations below show stages of the rendering of a black dress.
The underdrawing is shown to the left of the last drawing.  The yellow-green indicates the pattern that the white highlights will follow on the drawing.  I usually keep highlights to one side of the body about 1/3 of the way in with shadow on the other side.  I never put the highlights down the middle.

base layer - blended black & 10% grey marker


underdrawing with finished Lame & Sequin black dresses


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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