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 a tool for communicating design, a means to an end, with the end product being designs for new fashion garments. We do need to be able to draw to express our fashion ideas well, and to do so quickly and easily, but we do not need to acquire the advanced set of skills that figure or portrait artists acquire in order to portray the detailed features (not to mention the characters and souls) of their subject on the canvas. In fact, we wish to invest as little time as possible to acquire our drawing skill set and for that skill set to be closely tailored to our needs as designers so that we can get on with the main work of designing.
In order to make learning to draw the croquis as quick and easy as possible, and also because in fashion drawing we do not want the attention to focus on the figure but on the garments, the figure we learn to draw is, besides being idealized, simplified. We do not need to show all the muscles and lines and wrinkles of the natural figure in our drawings – more often than not to show those details distracts from the garments and makes the drawing weaker. What we need to be able to draw is a figure that looks like an anatomically correct (even though it is slightly longer and thinner than is natural), correctly proportioned, slim, attractive fashion figure. Our drawing will look somewhat like a mannequin, and, like a mannequin, it will be an excellent way to show off beautiful garments.
For more information and guidance on drawing glamorous evening wear please refer to Colors for Fashion, 9 Heads, and Face Fashion. SHOP