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Sunday, December 09, 2012

Drawing Ladies

Young kids who like to draw usually like to draw something in particular: horses, dogs, robots, super-heroes. They usually grow up to become adults who don't draw.

When I was a kid who liked to draw, what I liked drawing was fashionable ladies. Then I kind of stopped drawing for a while. And when I returned to it, as an adult, I knew that drawing all kinds of things — buildings, people, flowers, patterns — was important because to me it was all about illustration, and you never know what you're going to have to illustrate.

Recently I got a job involving the illustration of some costumes, which sent me immediately to books about fashion illustration. And then it sent me to drawing ladies in fashionable clothing (and men, too), and it all came back, like the way the aroma of a just-opened box of crayons whisks you back to third grade.

I had so much fun imagining outfits and trying to make the lines look elegant. Unlike my child's approach, I studied what made some fashion illustrations so great — so artful — and that allowed me to do a few things in my own drawings that kind of mimicked the look.

To be clear, fashion illustration is its own discipline. I am not a fashion illustrator. But for a while, for this project, I remembered the joy of a kind of drawing that captured my imagination for a while as an unfashionable kid. Lovely.

1 comment:

Geoffrey A. Landis said...

I drew spaceships!