DRAWING MEN: SUITS


Drawing loose-fitting clothing is relatively easy.  Drawing formal suit jackets with all the tradition involved is tough.  Here are a few tips from one of my class demonstrations.

  1. DRAW FORM THE INSIDE OUT – Start with a body underdrawing.
  2. DRAW UNDER-STRUCTURES – note the shoulder pads which extend the position of the armhole.
  3. MAKE A GRID – draw horizontal and vertical lines with the gesture drawing to line up seams, lapel points, collar points, buttons, etc.
  4. NO EXCESS WRINKLES-Draw as though the suit just came from the dry cleaners.  No folds that are not caused by a form.  Excess folds around the armhole just indicate bad fit.
  5. ASK THE EXPERTS – Get books on formal men’s clothing to understand the traditions of proportion that are involved.  Ask a tailor how the suit should fit.  Pay attention to contemporary trends as they relate to position and width of lapels, buttons, fit around the waist.
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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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