Studying fashion design is certainly not all designing. In fact, it goes more like this: part designing, part patternmaking, part sewing, and part communicating your designs and ideas. And with communicating comes drawing.
In my fashion illustration class, we worked a lot on drawing “the fashion figure”. The fashion figure is at least a nine-head figure, and is often supposed to convey more of a mood about the clothes, rather than construction-related details. That’s what the flat sketches are for. Throughout the course, I found myself drawn to “messier” styles of illustrations – blocks of colors that didn’t stay inside the lines, visible pencilmarks from the initial sketching, with a few quick, assertive lines. Like the marks of someone who knows what they are doing (which might not be quite where I’m at, but I do like the style!).
I guess it doesn’t come as a terrible surprise that I actually like doing flat sketches. Flats are often made as a supplement to fashion illustrations, and are intended to show construction aspects of the garments, such as topstitching, binding, seamlines, buttons, vents, and all the details the patternmakers and seamstresses would need to know to put the garment together. Something about the clear, crisp lines, the symmetry, and the detailed technical-ness of flat sketches appeals to me. Though, not if they have to be done in a hurry. These are best done slowly, with a fine-tipped pen, in good lighting, with your nose close to the paper!
This is from a recent design project, involving a deconstructed men’s suit, and using that as a starting point for coming up with designs. I really enjoyed this project, ending up with lots of little ladies with heavy bangs. The bangs are becoming a bit of a signature, so I’m sure they will show up here again!