How to Draw a Fashion Figure? A Step by Step Complete Guide
How to draw a fashion figure? Fashion figures don’t have to be difficult to draw. This tutorial will show you how to create a professional sketch, one step at a time!
This tutorial is divided into several sections:
1) Creating guidelines
2) Drawing the croquis skeleton
3) Adding shape
Those interested in more advanced information should jump down to the end of this article.
Let’s start by answering some questions…
What is a fashion Croquis?
You can trace over a sketch to design the clothing based on a fashion model. A fashion figure is also known as a template.
Fashion sketches can come in many shapes, sizes, and styles. Designing for a specific demographic and end-use depends on where your design will be used. Throughout my career, I have used a variety of sketches. I have used more stylized sketches and simple ones.
How do Fashion Croquis Proportions Work?
This is a demonstration of how to draw a “9 heads” sketch. A woman in the sketch is nine heads tall from top to bottom, which is much longer than the average woman. In the absence of the feet, since their height may vary depending on the type of shoe and heel height, the equation is not applicable.
Models with 9 heads display clothes in an elongated and dramatic scale by exaggerating their proportions.
I encourage you, however, to develop your sketch to be any shape and size as fashion models can, and should, have diverse body proportions.
We are going to teach you how to create the 9-head croquis using proportions taught in fashion colleges, but you can adjust them later to meet your target demographic.
What Does “9 heads” Tall Mean?
For determining the dimensions of the rest of the body, we use the height and width of the head.
This image shows how the body is divided into 9 equal parts from the top of the head to the ankle bone. Since the height of the feet can vary depending on the type of shoes and heel height, they are not included.
Because your paper size can vary, making use of the head, rather than an actual measurement, is helpful. If you draw 9 heads first, you can map out the size and proportions of any figure, from a tiny piece of paper to a billboard.
You can have each head be approximately 1″ tall when using an 8.5 x 11 piece of paper, but this measurement will vary depending on the size of your paper.
Let’s Begin the Tutorial!
A pencil, paper, and a ruler (or a straight edge) are required before we begin. Tracing paper would be helpful, but is not required. You can erase your drawings easily with a pencil.
Part 1: Creating Guidelines
- Create 9 heads that are roughly the same size and shape, and label them 1-9. (Leave some space in the lower right corner for the footer.)
- Separate each head by horizontal lines (make sure they are straight).
- For approximately 1 1/2″ and 4 1/4″ heads, draw a dashed line
- Label anatomy
Drawing the Croquis Skeleton
Step 1: Using the horizontal guidelines as guidelines, draw a vertical line parallel to it. This line will be the centerline.
Step 2: For the head, draw an oval
Step 3: Using a ruler, draw a horizontal line for the shoulders (roughly 2″ wide)
Step 4: The hips and shoulders are of equal widths; repeat step 3 for the hips.
Step 5: The waist should be roughly one head width wide (draw a horizontal line for this).
Step 6: The shoulder, waist, and hips should be connected
Step 7: Using the image as a guide, draw the arms
Step 8: Make a vertical line starting at the waist and going down
Step 9: Draw a cylinder for the neck
Step 10: The neck should be connected to the shoulder
Step 11: The knees should be drawn as small ovals
Step 12: Make small ovals for the ankles
We can add muscular structure and shape after the sketch’s skeleton is established. Use light lines and erasable ink so that you can easily erase.
Step 1: The shoulders, biceps, and lower arm should be oval-shaped
Step 2: Using the upper leg, draw an oval and a lower leg oval
Step 3: Draw triangles for the feet
Step 4: Create an outline of the arm with the ovals and add shape to the neck. Repeat on another side
Step 5: Use the ovals as guidelines to outline the leg and foot as shown. Repeat on another side
Step 6: Add neck, bust, and underwear lines as illustrated.
Step 7: As shown in the illustration, draw a centerline on each side of the body. This is called the “princess line.”
When drawing clothes, these seam lines can be helpful guides.
Step 8: You can edit the sketch as needed, adjusting the proportions as necessary. Finally, complete the sketch according to the steps listed below.
When drawing clothes, both sides of the sketch should be mirror images of one another.