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Fashion Art (Introduction)

Updated on February 17, 2015

About This Course

The purpose of this course is to introduce aspiring fashion artists to the world of fashion art. The following topics that will be discussed & instructed in this course are: fashion sketching, flat drawings, fashion illustration, fashion collages and fashion portfolios.


There are many different elements to the fashion industry. Fashion is so much more than meets the eye. It’s not just about name brands and runways. There is a technical side to this ever-changing industry. The individuals “behind the seams” is what make this industry flourish. These individuals include fashion designers, fashion illustrators, seamstresses, manufacturers, and the list goes on. Fashion artists play a vital role in the creative process, in fact, the process of creating a great design starts with a great sketch. The same rules also apply to costume design.

Since fashion art is the main focus, there will be quite a few tutorials in this course. To draw any image you have to associate that image with shapes. This makes the creative process more fun & less complex. Knowledge of basic shapes is all you need to learn how to draw. If you can draw a circle, square, & triangle you can draw anything. Before we proceed with the following lessons take a look at the images of basic & 3D shapes below. Each shape is associated with a certain object:


Basic Shapes
Basic Shapes
3D Shapes
3D Shapes

Color Schemes

5 Shade Grayscale
5 Shade Grayscale
Color Wheel
Color Wheel

When drawing your fashion figures, clothing, and accessories the above information will be a good reference.

◊Things You Will Need

  • Drawing paper with a smooth surface
  • #2 Pencil & Mechanical Pencil
  • Coloring mediums (color pencils, markers, watercolors, or crayons)
  • Blending tools (i.e., tortillions, blending stumps, tissue or q-tips)
  • Block eraser
  • Kneaded eraser
  • Fixative spray or Aqua Net Hairspray (cheaper)
  • Ruler
  • Templates or stencils
  • Art case/box (optional)
  • Manikin (optional)
  • Fashion Magazines (optional)


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