It Is important to remember, when you illustrate your designs, that you are making abstract concepts from your imagination real to other people. Your fashion drawings may be very creative and evolve into works of art, but it is important that they can still clearly and accurately describe your design intentions. When you show your ideas to a client or a pattern cutter, they must be as clear about your designs as you are.
This does not mean that you have to sacrifice creativity. Depending on your style of drawing, your work might be unambiguous or somewhat open to interpretation. Look critically at your finished drawings and decide whether or not they will be absolutely clear to a first-time observer. If you are in any doubt about clarity, it is best to support your illustrations with flat working drawings.
You will hear these types of drawing referred to in different ways: flat drawings or "flats," specification drawings or "specs," technical drawings, or working drawings—or any combination of these terms. As the names suggest they are accurate, clear, and easy-to-understand representations of your design ideas. Rather like the plan for a house, they should faithfully represent every aspect of your garments. Occasionally these drawings are even made to scale, but this is not necessary (and measurements are also not always expected). So long as they accurately describe how your garments are constructed, and include any necessary design details, working drawings will successfully support your more creative illustrations.
As a commercial designer, working as part of a team, clear communication will be paramount, and you will often find yourself dealing mainly or even wholly with working drawings. Fortunately they are very quick to complete, with a little practice.
Keep it simple
If you are working with very textured fabrics, such as those pictured here, you need to maintain a balance between depicting lhal lexlure and keeping your Illustrations clear. Inspirational material can be Included on a presentation board to reinforce the mood of the collection, but avoid overloading the board with so much detail that it becomes confused.
You will find that undertaking these kinds of drawing is a useful discipline that will benefit your creative process. Making working drawings will force you to be crystal clear about your intentions, to provide precise proportions, and to make decisions about positioning and type of seam, pocket, fastening, and neckline—clarifying all those details that are so vital to the design of beautiful clothes.
▼ Conveying texture
These garments all feature Interesting textural detail that might overload a garment Illustration or working drawing. One way to display texture is to mount fabric swatches (like those illustrated left) separately from the garment illustrations themselves.
A ► Providing the detail
Flat technical drawings help to clarify how the illustrated garments are constructed. They can also define exactly how and where surface pattern or stitch texture is to be placed on a garment.
CLARITY AND COMMUNICATION 115
CLARITY AND COMMUNICATION 115
Was this article helpful?