★ FASHION DRAWING Tutorials | How to Sketch Clothed Figures ★
Learn to Draw Fashion Models & Clothes
Fashion drawing is the drawing of clothes on a figure. The figures and style of drawing differ so dramatically between designers so there is no right or wrong way to draw. Some people put lots of detail into their art, whilst others do loose sketches and leave the heads blank. It's up to you!
This page lists links to the best fashion sketching tutorials and video how-tos on the web, and displays many examples of fashion illustration styles.
So, whether you want to be a fashion designer or you just want to draw for fun, then I hope this resource helps :-)
Top-Rated Fashion Drawing Books
Books are so helpful when learning about fashion illustration, especially if you are teaching yourself, and these 5 are a selection of the best:
An Introduction For Beginners
When drawing fashion, the most important thing is to develop your own style - and this come with lots and lots of practice! Some designers draw faces, hair, hands and feet whilst other draw none of those (sometimes they just draw a basic shape or a squiggle, or even glue on faces from magazine cuttings!); some designers add a background, some do not; some draw in colored pencils whilst others draw in pens or markers; some draw soft and subtle shades whilst some draw bold and dramatic lines; some go for realism and some exaggerate and add artistic license.....you've just got to experiment until you find your favorite style and medium.
A croquis is a basic outline of a person, and is what you use as your clothing model. As a beginner, you should find a free croquis template on this page and print out pages of these outlines. Then just draw, draw, draw! The hardest thing to do is start, and you should definitely try to not be a perfectionist. The whole point is to get your idea across to whoever is looking at the sketch so it doesn't have to look realistic, not every line must be perfect. DO NOT USE AN ERASER! If you really mess it up, just move onto your next sketch, but otherwise just carry on. Use light lines of pencil to start with so if you make a mistake you can make a bolder pencil line in the correct place.
Once you have spent some time using basic croquis, then it is time to draw your own. This takes practice to get the proportions right. There are videos and instructions on this page which will show you what to do. Once you have mastered the basic croquis, and can draw one easily from memory, then try different poses. Strike a pose in the mirror if you want to create your own signature pose, or copy the poses from people in photos or magazines. Keep working on your croquis until you have a set of 3 or so that you can use for most sketches. If you want to move on from regular catwalk women, then you can also create your own croquis set for men or plus size models or swimwear models etc.
As I said, the hardest thing to do is to start drawing, and I find that thinking of a theme first makes it a lot easier to come up with ideas.
Here are some possible themes to choose from:
- Midsummer Night's Dream
- Gods & Godesses
- James Bond
- Pride & Prejudice
- Royal Ascot (don't forget the big hats!)
- Here Comes The Bride
- Myth & Legend
- Ancient Egyptian
- English Kings & Queens (taking inspiration from any era)
- Haute Couture
- Sky & Space
- The Victorians (think 'Sweeney Todd' and 'Oliver')
- Structure & Architecture
If you want to add fabric swatches or notes about the types of fabric you want to use for each section, that's great as it adds detail and depth to the idea.
Just remember that fashion designers sketch (rather than use a computer) in order to jot down their ideas quickly, and it's also a way of putting your personality and flair on paper. Don't get hung up on making realistic looking designs, because it really doesn't matter if the croquis doesn't look exactly like a real human, or if your pleats aren't precisely symmetrical! Just be creative and remember it's just a representation of the finished piece of clothing, not a technical plan for the final item.
What Are You Wearing?
Why not draw yourself in your new outfit?
How To Fashion Sketch
Fashion Tutorials & Free Figure Templates
- How to Draw Croquis
Instructions for drawing the body templates.
- Drawing the Clothes
A brilliant how-to.
- I Draw Fashion
Fantastic resource on techniques plus loads of helpful articles.
- Croquis Family
Free templates to download.
- Fashion Tutorials
Including templates for free and to buy.
- Learn How to Draw Fashion
From shoes to dresses and jeans.
- Sketching Video Lesson
An easier way to start drawing.
- Free Fashion Croquis
Templates to download.
- Step-By-Step Illustration
With famed fashion illustrator Alfredo Cabrera.
- Sketch Class
How to draw the classic 9-headed figure.
Inspired by Alexander McQueen
Figure Drawing Templates
200 Fashion Design Projects
Aimed at people who are keen to learn fashion illustration and improve their skills through practical application, this inspiring book provides plenty of prompts for projects you can work on at home to get your creative juices going. It’s also great for fashion students who need to complete independent projects to build up their portfolio.
Also contained within the book is a wealth of information about the fashion design industry and how clothes are created, styled and photographed. 350 photos and drawings accompany the text to provide instruction and inspiration.
More Fashion Inspiration
- Inslee Blog
Endless pages of fabulous illustrations to enjoy.
- David Downton
Gorgeous fashion drawing and painting examples.
- 55 Inspiring Sketches
Many different drawing styles to get your creativity going.
- New York Fashion Show
View the slideshow of watercolour fashion paintings.
- Illustrations on Flickr
A huge range to browse through.
- Illustrator's Link List
A list of top fashion illustrators so you can browse the best of the best.
- What I Wore Today
A collection of different drawing styles.
Figure Drawing Videos
Fashion Illustration Video Tutorials
More Inspiring Fashion Books
Here are another 5 fashion books I would recommend; all of which have great reviews and are packed with expert advice and beautiful drawing inspiration.