Enriched by case studies, example illustrations, practical exercises and tips, Fashion Illustrator covers all aspects of fashion illustration and presentation. It explores how artists find inspiration in the world around them, and how they use this inspiration in the creation of their work. Fashion Illustrator encourages readers to challenge themselves by experimenting with varied media such as collage, different drawing tools, digital enhancement and embroidery. Through this exploration, an understanding of the figure and experimentation with different illustrative styles,
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the reader will learn how to present the clothed human form artistically. Examining the work of both past- and present-day fashion illustrators encourages students to gain the confidence and skills to push ihe boundaries of their own work. In-depth discussions with leading contemporary fashion illustrators provide insights that inspire students to think beyond graduation to a career in fashion illustration or design.
The content of Fashion Illustrator is presented in an easily accessible format with each colour-coded chapter broken down logically into subheadings. Each chapter can be read in isolation and the book can be read in any order so that the reader can dip in and out to focus on current concerns.
Chapter One, "Inspiration", explores the things that inspire the creative mind, revealing how to find rewarding ideas, understand visual expression and produce innovative fashion illustrations, sketchbooks and artwork. The chapter begins by discussing the importance of looking for sources of inspiration from which to develop ideas. With this in mind, the reader is encouraged to look at the world with fresh interest. Inspiration for fashion illustration can be found through travel, music, television, film, museum and gallery visits—even product packaging. The varied processes for capturing ideas and investigating themes on paper are also explained to help the budding fashion illustrator tackle the daunting blank page.
Artists are invariably avid collectors of what, to the uninitiated eye, looks like junk. Chapter One emphasizes that accumulating anything and everything of interest is a fascinating way to build an ideas bank for future designs or artwork.
Compiling ideas in a sketchbook is also an essential part of both a designer's and an illustrator's development. Practical advice is given on completing useful sketchbooks that provide a source of rewarding inspiration.
Chapter Two, "The Figure", focuses on basic drawing skills, providing a solid understanding of anatomy and the physical structure of the human form. Through a series of observational exercises the reader learns to draw the nude and clothed figure from life and photographs, understand correct proportions and draw features of the body accurately. The use of a template and the effective exaggeration of the proportions of a fashion figure are also explained clearly.
Chapter Three, "Artistic Techniques", gives a technical overview of how to use art equipment and materials, experiment with colour and render various fabrics. This guidance is visually enriched by a series of informative sketches and relevant fashion illustrations.
Chapter Four, "Presentation for Fashion Design", reveals how fashion illustration is used in the design industry. It explores the process of producing design roughs to build fashion ranges. It also explains the purpose of specification drawings, flats and mood boards, and their significance in a fashion designer's portfolio.
Chapter Five, "Historical and Contemporary Fashion Illustration", describes the social journey of fashion illustration over the last 100 years. The illustrative styles of the twentieth century's most influential illustrators are discussed by decade. Illustrators of today inevitably look to the past for inspiration and this section also features work that demonstrates this synthesis of past styles and modern techniques. The second part of the chapter showcases work by 36 leading international fashion illustrators from 14 countries. Each illustrator defines his or her work and career by answering a series of interview-style questions. All offer interesting advice and inspiration to students who are thinking of following similar paths.
Chapter Six, "Tutorials", explains how the illustrative styles indentified in the previous chapter can be realized through a series of step-by-step tutorials. This chapter encourages the reader to build fashion illustrations in stages, experimenting with new techniques. The tutorials focus on collage, embroidery, traditional painting and drawing methods, and digital manipulation.
Finally Chapter Seven, "The Future: Guidance", takes the reader through the final part of the fashion illustration journey by outlining effective portfolio presentation techniques. There is also instruction on self-presentation, interview techniques, applying for further education and embracing a career in fashion illustration. The role of the illustration agent is clearly described and other industry specialists speak exclusively about their fashion-illustration careers. David Downton offers advice on capturing the magic of couture shows with pen and ink. Lysiane de Royfere of Promostyl describes the role of the fashion illustrator in publications forecasting future trends, and Jeffrey Fulvimari describes how his doe-eyed girls have wooed Madonna and are taking the fashion world by storm, and we see examples of his highly successful commercial product packaging.
At the end of the book you will find a further reading guide, a list of trade publications and magazines, useful addresses, a glossary, and an index, and in addition the picture credits, which include contact details for the illustrated artists,
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