I was so busy yesterday working on projects I forgot to post a TBT Sketchbook post! Good thing we have flashback Friday right?
I realize a lot of these throwback posts are going to be Fashion Illustration posts. For those of you who don’t know me, my first degree was actually an Associates Degree in Fashion Illustration. I didn’t think I was going to do this when I got to FIT. In fact, before I got accepted, I had to do a drawing test at FIT. The professor who looked at my work asked, “Would you ever consider doing Fashion Illustration? You really have a knack for it.” I replied something to the extent of “Well I really want to do children’s illustration, so probably not. I’ll think about it though!” Fast forward approximately 6 months and there I was, signing up for the Fashion concentration in the Illustration program. A couple of things went into my decision. First of all, I loved my fashion illustration classes my first semester. Secondly, at the time, not all the general classes painted from live models, and the fashion illustration classes did so I thought that would be better practice. Thirdly, all my friends were doing Fashion Illustration. Oh the decision making skills at 18! Regardless of why I made the decision, I have never regretted that decision. I met amazing people, created some really cool art, and learned a lot. Also, I now have some fun sketchbooks to show you!
I had this sketchbook my second year into the program. You can see it was much loved. I literally lost one of the spiral bindings because I’ve taken this apart to give pieces to people. When I saw this sketchbook I had to have it. It has polkadots, is square, and the paper is kraft paper. Everything about it was so fun!
This is one of my favorite pieces from the sketchbook. Most of the drawings in this book were copies of pictures from fashion ads in magazines. I created the backgrounds. I don’t remember all the info for each as it was awhile ago now, but this one I remember was an Oscar de la Renta dress which I LOVED. This is done in gouache.
I don’t remember what designer this one. This is done with pen and marker. I do enjoy the color choices I made for this drawing.
This one is also done with marker and pen. If my memory serves me correctly, it was from a Moschino ad. (But don’t take my word for that!)
This is another marker and pen drawing. It’s funny, I don’t really use markers too often any more, but I obviously had a lot of fun experimenting with them!
Lastly, here is another marker and pen piece. I must have really loved the way these drew on this paper! I do like how on some of the pieces you can see the marker spots from the drawing on the previous page.
There are many more sketches in this book, but I made myself stop scanning at 5. I thought that was enough for one blog post! This way too, I can always post more for a future TBT post (or flashback post!). I think what most attracts me to these pieces is how evident it is that I was just having fun. I was being loose and enjoying it. Using a medium I didn’t use and still don’t really use, I was able to create drawings that were fun and appealing to me. There are still some pages in the book, maybe I’ll have another go at drawing like this again.
Disclaimer: I do not own the pictures these were originally drawn from. This is not intended to infringe on anyone’s copyright, but instead show my process and how I create art.