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Fashion Figure Sketches - Quick and Easy Way

This course will help you to master technique of very quick fashion figure sketches. After a short training you'll be able to draw quick working sketches for yourself to depict your ideas without studying figure drawing long time.

Fashion Figure Sketches - Quick and Easy Way

This course will help you to master technique of very quick fashion figure sketches. After a short training you'll be able to draw quick working sketches for yourself to depict your ideas without studying figure drawing long time.
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We'll start from a standing female figure facing us. To draw sketches we'll be using some kind of framework in order to teach our hand to keep proportions. We'll be using proportions more or less close to the real figure. We don't use the beautiful style of 10-head elongated fashion figure, because we draw working sketches for ourself. We need a more realistic picture. And I'll show you how to draw it with few lines only. To practice quick fashion figure sketching you have to start from something similar to exercises for kids on writing ABC worksheets. I prepared worksheets for you to download and to print. The first worksheet contains ready figures in six section frameworks and empty frameworks. First, you just draw over the ready figure and after you try to repeat it in an empty framework.
Now we'll be drawing back view of a standing female figure. This time we'll be using the more simple framework without sidelines. The second worksheet contains a simple framework of horizontal lines and a row of figures. Figures are decreasing in readiness: you start from drawing over ready one, then half ready and finally you draw on your own. The main focus in the process of work has to be on symmetry, the fluidity of lines and elegance of the figure.
We'll take a closer look at proportions of the whole body and some of its parts. We'll be using a special measure unit for our counting - width of shoulders of our figure.
Before we did draw front view and back view of the female figure, but often we need to work with side view too. In the front view, we were constructing all the shapes around the vertical line of the vertebral column. But on side view vertebral column is not a direct line, it has a complex bent form. Therefore, inside view, we'll be using the body balance line to build all the shapes around it. Balance line goes vertically from the jugular notch in the middle of the root of the neck to middle point between the feet.
Before we were using our framework for drawing figure standing upright. In this case, the simple framework was appropriate to the task. But we can adjust this framework for a more complicated pose. It will be standing pose when all the weight falls on one leg. Another leg is relaxed and bent in the knee joint. The vertebral column is bent aside, the hip line is tilted to one side and shoulder line is tilted to another. In the side view, we used the vertical body balance line to build all the shapes around it. Balance line we did draw from the jugular notch to the middle point between the feet. This time again we'll be using this line. The difference is in the position of the bottom point: it will be placed in the foot of weight-supporting leg. Top point as before is placed in the jugular notch.
Male and female proportions are not similar but in general, there's just one big difference, and the rest are smaller details. This big difference is the shoulder-to-hip ratio. In women's body, the hip line is the broadest part and waist appears narrower by contrast, while in men's body the broadest part is the shoulder line, and the waist is about similar to the hips. In PDF files you'll find worksheets for male front view and relaxed standing pose.
The male torso is bigger and arms are thicker - it is the main difference. Drawing female figure we used the body balance line to build all the shapes around it. And we used three circles of the same size - skull, chest and hip circles - and one more, shoulder circle, two times smaller. Starting drawing male figure we draw about the same construction with some exceptions: chest and shoulder circles will be bigger. In PDF files you'll find worksheets for male side view pose.

Is figure drawing fast and easy? It is possible for everybody, you don't need even drawing experience.

Friend of mine, a fashion designer, asked me once to help her with this technique. She, of course, could find on the Internet lot of videos teaching how to draw the croquis using a 10-head method just like they do in fashion college. But it wasn't what she needed. The question was not about fashion illustrations. She wanted to be able to draw quick sketches for herself while working on some ideas. Some figure-in-one-minute drawing to look at how certain kind of clothes fits the figure. And she wouldn't be satisfied by wirelike schematics, and she wanted something vivid and elegant but quick. So, finally, I found the approach to fulfill this task, and now let's try quick fashion figure sketches together!

Requirements

You don’t need any experience in drawing.

And a minimum drawing set, which includes:

  1. Sketchbook
  2. Pencils
  3. Eraser

Also, we'll be using worksheets for training – you can print them from supplemental PDF files.

We'll start from a standing female figure facing us. To draw sketches we'll be using some kind of framework in order to teach our hand to keep proportions. We'll be using proportions more or less close to the real figure. We don't use the beautiful style of 10-head elongated fashion figure, because we draw working sketches for ourself. We need a more realistic picture. And I'll show you how to draw it with few lines only. To practice quick fashion figure sketching you have to start from something similar to exercises for kids on writing ABC worksheets. I prepared worksheets for you to download and to print. The first worksheet contains ready figures in six section frameworks and empty frameworks. First, you just draw over the ready figure and after you try to repeat it in an empty framework.
Now we'll be drawing back view of a standing female figure. This time we'll be using the more simple framework without sidelines. The second worksheet contains a simple framework of horizontal lines and a row of figures. Figures are decreasing in readiness: you start from drawing over ready one, then half ready and finally you draw on your own. The main focus in the process of work has to be on symmetry, the fluidity of lines and elegance of the figure.
We'll take a closer look at proportions of the whole body and some of its parts. We'll be using a special measure unit for our counting - width of shoulders of our figure.
Before we did draw front view and back view of the female figure, but often we need to work with side view too. In the front view, we were constructing all the shapes around the vertical line of the vertebral column. But on side view vertebral column is not a direct line, it has a complex bent form. Therefore, inside view, we'll be using the body balance line to build all the shapes around it. Balance line goes vertically from the jugular notch in the middle of the root of the neck to middle point between the feet.
Before we were using our framework for drawing figure standing upright. In this case, the simple framework was appropriate to the task. But we can adjust this framework for a more complicated pose. It will be standing pose when all the weight falls on one leg. Another leg is relaxed and bent in the knee joint. The vertebral column is bent aside, the hip line is tilted to one side and shoulder line is tilted to another. In the side view, we used the vertical body balance line to build all the shapes around it. Balance line we did draw from the jugular notch to the middle point between the feet. This time again we'll be using this line. The difference is in the position of the bottom point: it will be placed in the foot of weight-supporting leg. Top point as before is placed in the jugular notch.
Male and female proportions are not similar but in general, there's just one big difference, and the rest are smaller details. This big difference is the shoulder-to-hip ratio. In women's body, the hip line is the broadest part and waist appears narrower by contrast, while in men's body the broadest part is the shoulder line, and the waist is about similar to the hips. In PDF files you'll find worksheets for male front view and relaxed standing pose.
The male torso is bigger and arms are thicker - it is the main difference. Drawing female figure we used the body balance line to build all the shapes around it. And we used three circles of the same size - skull, chest and hip circles - and one more, shoulder circle, two times smaller. Starting drawing male figure we draw about the same construction with some exceptions: chest and shoulder circles will be bigger. In PDF files you'll find worksheets for male side view pose.

About the instructors

Evgeniy Stasenko

Fine Arts teacher
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Hello, my name is Evgeniy Stasenko. I am an artist from Moscow now living in Barcelona. I graduated from Moscow Pedagogical University, Fine Arts & Graphic Department and have practiced both fine arts and teaching ever since, for more than 30 years by now.

As a teacher, I have always aimed at creating an integral system, a consistent range of methods that would allow me to effectively teach drawing and painting to any person regardless of skills. These methods come as the result of experience; they are tested in practice and proven to give fast results. As well, I have extensive experience in creating specific short-term courses, not to mention fine art workshops, etc.

I wrote some textbooks. “The Art School” and a course of three books on Developing Drawing for primary aged kids are available only in Russian now. My book "Composition of a Picture: Theory and Exercises" is available on Amazon both in Russian and in English. The subject of artistic composition given in a clear and logical way – it is really useful. This theory is unknown outside Russia and English translation helps to improve the situation.

In 1994 I got an award of the All-Russia Exhibition Center for teaching.

In 2006 my biography was published in the encyclopedia Who is Who in Russia. 

In 2015 I moved to Spain.

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