The process

Bring a good-sized stack of magazines to the session. Ask your model to fall into an interesting pose—and the more uncomfortable the pose, the less time you will have to select, cut, rip, and paste paper onto the page!

Think laterally as you work with your material, combining unlikely colors and textures. Always try to fill as much of the page as possible, though you may not wish to include props such as chairs. Use scissors or a craft knife, or just rip the paper to get your cuttings ready to apply; then paste them to the page. Try not to spend too long on any individual illustration; instead keep your work fresh by setting a time limit for completing each piece. Accentuate the figure on the page to create a dramatic effect. Don't be tempted to enhance the pictures with your own freehand drawing and painting. During this unit you should be focused on learning to use the magazine images to best effect.

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« Drawing from life, p. 58 « Not just pencil, p. 70 » Laying out your page, p. 74

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You will have only a few minutes to cut or rip the material, and then glue it down. One time-saving and sophisticated option is to make use of "negative space" (leaving blank what might usually be drawn).

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New approaches

This collage enlivens the subject with its juxtaposition of unexpected colors and patterns. Creating a collage encourages the designer to think more deeply about the color palette, fabrics, and overall style of the garments.

■4 Restricting color

The restricted color palette of these collage illustrations creates afresh, modern effect. The scraps of paper were selected from magazines for their Interesting textures and coordinating tones, and then torn out or cut with a craft knife.

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New approaches

This collage enlivens the subject with its juxtaposition of unexpected colors and patterns. Creating a collage encourages the designer to think more deeply about the color palette, fabrics, and overall style of the garments.

■4 Restricting color

The restricted color palette of these collage illustrations creates afresh, modern effect. The scraps of paper were selected from magazines for their Interesting textures and coordinating tones, and then torn out or cut with a craft knife.

Exploring different ways to illustrate garments can be liberating for a designer.

Although putting pen or paint to paper is the obvious approach, the use of collage can produce particularly intriguing, contemporary results. Collage Is in fact often used in final design Illustrations, but working with it in the spontaneous environment of a life class is an especially interesting and challenging technique. The need to select, cut, and paste very quickly In response to fast-changing poses added freshness and a sense of immediacy to these illustrations. They fill the page and make a statement: the bigger the image on the page the stronger the effect will be. A bold tearing approach worked well In conjunction with more carefully cut outlines. (If the result looks a little rough at the edges, the presentation can always be improved later by feeding It through a color photocopier.) Working with collage, the designer is continually challenged to think one step ahead. The results, however, are wonderfully unpredictable.

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Cuttings from different sources can be collaged together to create the overall effect of a human figure wearing garments. It is not necessary to represent every part of a figure to make it believable: here, "negative" (white) space, used at the ankles of the girl, for example, lends vitality to the illustrations.

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    How can I make juxtaposition collage of fashion?
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