When mixing and matching keep in mind: Color, Size and Texture.

Prints work well when you work them in different scales – small, medium and large.  When using lots of bright colors it is elegant to use a neutral to anchor the business and create continuity.  Notice in the above illustration featured amongst the complex colors are neutrals like black, beige and grey.

Assignment: Gather fabric swatches or digital files of fabric swatches and make interesting combinations with the swatches.  You can try looking at prints from all different sources including wallpaper designs and new and old graphics.  Mix vintage with modern, stripes with dots, scale / size and experiment!

Here are some current prints that we are digging: (from L to R) Kenzo/Opening Ceremony, Valentino/Otswald Helgason, Otswald Helgason/Vivienne Westwood


For more information and guidance on drawing please refer to 9 Heads 4th edition, Colors For Fashion and Face 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