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★ FASHION DRAWING Tutorials | How to Sketch Clothed Figures ★

Updated on March 11, 2015
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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 :-)

Glamorous Showstopper

Illustration by Hayden Williams. You can find more drawings by Hayden on this blog and this Flickr photostream.

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:

Fashion Sketching

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:

- Forest

- Prom

- Midsummer Night's Dream

- Jungle

- Disney

- Gods & Godesses

- James Bond

- Pride & Prejudice

- Underwater

- 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

- Bubbles

- 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?

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How To Fashion Sketch

Inspired by Alexander McQueen

I like the texture that has been created by the coloring in these drawings.
I like the texture that has been created by the coloring in these drawings. | Source

Figure Drawing Templates

Templates like these are very useful, especially if you're a beginner.
Templates like these are very useful, especially if you're a beginner. | Source

Hayden Williams

A Glossy magazine spread with illustrations by Hayden Williams. You can find more drawings by Hayden on this blog and this Flickr photostream.

200 Fashion Design Projects

200 Projects to Get You Into Fashion Design (Aspire)
200 Projects to Get You Into Fashion Design (Aspire)

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.

 

Disney Princesses

I love the idea of turning Disney cartoon characters (Jasmine, The Little Mermaid, Pocahontas and Snow White) into fashion icons! My favorite Disney female was always Belle :)
I love the idea of turning Disney cartoon characters (Jasmine, The Little Mermaid, Pocahontas and Snow White) into fashion icons! My favorite Disney female was always Belle :) | Source

Figure Drawing Videos

Adding Realism

I like that this fashion drawing is much more realistic than the norm.
I like that this fashion drawing is much more realistic than the norm. | Source

Fashion Illustration Video Tutorials

Adding Colour

I really like this style.
I really like this style. | Source

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.

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      CalobrenaOmai 3 years ago

      I did some research on this a while back because I wanted to design clothes for BJDs. Its difficult to adhere to a single illustration style because there have been various illustrative influences over the years. I've given the task of designing clothes another go and have showcased some of the results as entries into a mini contests done for fun. Looking forward to getting back into the swing of things. Thanks for sharing this amazing lens.

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      wellingtonboot 3 years ago from U.K.

      @FashionStudent: Those videos look great, thanks for the tip!

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      FashionStudent 3 years ago

      Great Lens! Have you used any of the Fashionary books? they seem pretty popular with students now. They are good for doing quick drawings. Also have you checked out University of Fashion? They have lots of video tutorials http://www.universityoffashion.com/disciplines/fas... there is a free one on basic croquis as well.

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      anonymous 3 years ago

      Very interesting and helpful! Thank you for posting.

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      Im2keys 3 years ago

      what a great lens, loved looking at these gorgeous drawings!

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      anonymous 3 years ago

      its all nice and great as visit I appreciate you.

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      DelDavDD 3 years ago

      your lens z awesome....I am a fashion designing student...so this lens was helpful.i love to draw.

      i have seen many fashion illustrations .But most of them was women's.

      it will be helpful if you can help me with some videos and pics of men's illustration

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      suzyjahi 4 years ago

      I love your lens you have here!! Awesome!

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      dudokdudok 4 years ago

      Very inspiring lens. Lovely.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I like to draw as a hobby. But I really would like to study fashion design. I want to be a fashion designer when i grow up

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      Sharon Weaver 4 years ago from Los Angeles, CA

      I was a fashion designer and studied fashion illustration. Your sketches have a lot of style.

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      yogolinda 4 years ago

      Full of great info ! There are some great video tutorials in this lens

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      mouse1996 lm 4 years ago

      I would love to fashion design as a hobby. This article has a lot of helpful information.

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      JessicaJohn 4 years ago

      wow, these are gorgeous and very attractive.

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      link777 lm 4 years ago

      Wow, I was overwhelmed by so much information! Amazing job!

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      slackira 4 years ago

      Great lens <3

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      Beverly Rodriguez 4 years ago from Albany New York

      This looks like fun. Maybe I'll give it a try.

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      padilla 4 years ago

      Should you add a category on Fashion Sketching related workshops...please add mine: http://fashionsketching.blogspot.com/

      Thanks and good lens.

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      oomiloo-clothing 4 years ago

      Cool Sketching.... Cool lens

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      i luv dress sketching!so far i've made 7 pages!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      @anonymous: didnt help me >_>

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      @anonymous: o really..hum mine dosnt

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      @poshbytori lm: mine 2!omg

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      @anonymous: im sure u do and u just don't no it

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      Emaily LM 4 years ago

      the lens is cool, thanks for sharing.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Wow! I am so envious of anyone who can draw like that. I seem to have absolutely no artistic talent whatsoever.

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      ModellingAdvice1 4 years ago

      Great lens! Inspired me to get my sketchbook out again!

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      dressygirlkouture 4 years ago

      Love this lens, so much info - thank you :)

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      aefhamilton lm 4 years ago

      Cool lens - fashion drawing is an art!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      @puremystery: has now?

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      @anonymous: o so verry really

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      poshbytori lm 5 years ago

      I really wish I had the talent to draw like that. My drawings always come out funny looking.

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      VspaBotanicals 5 years ago

      Simply faboulous lens.

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      caketech 5 years ago

      Love the section on adding Realism! Squid Angel blessings to you!

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      Annette_corie 5 years ago

      The dress form is the foundation of fashion design. Learn how to sketch the dress form properly and you will have a good base for any design.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      really really great work! well done!!!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I love the fashion drawing Tutorials and i want to draw as good as them.

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      Annette_corie 5 years ago

      fashion drawing Tutorials is the best fashion drawing and it is the drawing which makes good imprecation .

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      OOMMEN G 5 years ago

      Very nice

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      Silverstar2154 5 years ago

      Very nice lens and I all the drawings here are very nice.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      i have always wanted to learn the art of sketching my quest ends here thanks for sharing

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      ara-bella 5 years ago

      I love video drawing tutorials, thanks for the info and resources. nice lens!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      THANKS. LIKE YOUR WORK AND LENS ALL THE BEST!

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      MelonyVaughan 5 years ago

      What a wonderful lens! I've always wanted to learn how to do fashion sketches. :)

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      Li-Li-ThePinkBookworm 5 years ago

      Very helpful lens, with a lot of cool pictures and good information.

      Li Li

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      printabledolls 5 years ago

      interestin lens, fashion drawings are a new place to read an learn

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      Ronald Tucker 5 years ago from Louisville, Kentucky

      Fashion Illustration is a prerequisite for Fashion Design students. It gives a visual reference for the design idea and can be readily manipulated to show new details and fabric texture before being made into a pattern or draped.

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      gyo_art_fashion 5 years ago

      I LOVE! This is definitely a fantastic inspiration.....

      I'm getting geared up to do a Masters in Fashion Designing.... So thanks for the fab tutorial!!

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      Geeve 5 years ago

      Wonderful. Blessed by a passing Angel.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      This really helped me!!!!!!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      cool!! I LOVE IT!!!!!

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      Anonym4ever 6 years ago

      I love it! I always wanted to learn how to draw fashion figures since they would be a great asset in drawing some clothes for some of my characters in a B.D. but... mostly is because I love the drawing style =^^=

      Great lens ;)

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      illustrationsalamode 6 years ago

      Love it : )

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      sukkran trichy 6 years ago from Trichy/Tamil Nadu

      awesome lens. ~blessed~

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      puremystery 6 years ago

      You have good references and great, illustrated examples. Awesome Lens!

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      slackira 6 years ago

      Great lens. I'm not a fashion student but i so would love to learn it. Great resources. Thanks for sharing.