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  He said, “you are beautiful” I told him “beautiful” is a lazy and lousy way to describe me.

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DRAWING THE CROQUIS: BACK THREE-QUARTER VIEW


Begin by drawing in the balance line running vertically through the top of the head. Draw the head as an oval at a slight angle to the vertical. Draw a center-back line running from the center of the top of the head along the middle of the back of the head and down the back of the neck. In the…

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DRAWING BELTS


When drawing belts it is essential to express the way the belt bends around the figure. The darkest shades will often be at the sides of the belt. Buckles should be carefully placed on the belt. Make sure to align it with the center of the garment. Pay attention to the material of the belt and draw accordingly. If the…

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FASHION METAPHOR


Fashion can be thought of as a metaphor, a poem of what we feel. This garment is complex to draw and it all begins by building up a silhouette that reflects the shape of the garment.   Remember that the treatment chosen for make-up and hair gives a drawing style and individuality: the face can be used as a canvas to…

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DRAWING STEP BY STEP


For more information and guidance on drawing please refer to 9 Heads 4th edition and  Colors For Fashion. Remember to  practice, practice, practice with a 9 Heads Women Notebook. And don’t forget that you can personally ask Nancy Riegelman and her staff of fashion illustrators your questions! SHOP

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SHADING LINE WEIGHT AND QUALITY


A thin line will do the opposite, making the figure appear light and ethereal. A line that is important in fashion drawing is called a nuanced line. A nuance is a slight or subtle change of meaning, and a nuanced line is one that changes subtly from thick to thin or from dark to light. Nuanced lines are used to…

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KINTSUGI


“When the Japanese mend broken objects, they aggrandize the damage by filling the cracks with gold. They believe that when something’s suffered damage and has a history it becomes more beautiful.” – Barbara Bloom     This ceramic art form is called Kintsugi (or Kinsokuroi). It is a Japanese art of repairing broken objects and pottery with a special lacquer…

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TOILE DE JOUY


A toile de jouy is a type of printed calico with a characteristic floral, figure, or landscape repeated design on a light background, typically on a white or off-white color. During the mid-18th century, toiles were popular in Britain and France, but were first produced in Ireland. In the late 18th century, the term “toile de jouy” originated in France, which…

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LEARNING TO DRAW THE CROQUIS


THE NINE HEADS SYSTEM Unless we can draw the fashion figure (the croquis) and understand its shapes and proportions we will not be able to draw fashion well. Not everyone, though, is a natural artist with an ability to draw the difficult human form. Luckily this is not of concern to us: fashion drawing is not about art, it is…

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