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Contemporary Fashion Illustration Techniques Paperback – June 1, 2009


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Rockport Publishers (June 1, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1592535569
  • ISBN-13: 978-1592535569
  • Product Dimensions: 10 x 7.8 x 0.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #122,456 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Naoki Watanabe is a veteran of fashion design drawing who has taught for twenty years at Kuwazawa Design School, one of Japan’s foremost fashion institutions.


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This was a good book that gave very thorough instruction on fashion drawing.
Danielle
I did not really expect to find exactly what I was looking for and more, in just one book!
h-chan
I bought this book to supplement what I learned in a fashion illustration course.
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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful By M. Bukal on December 29, 2009
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Just purchased this book for the holidays and I must say I am in love with it. Not only are the croquis right on target with fashion illustration, but everything else within the book is as well. If you're wanting to be inspired or want a different technique this is the book for you. The illustrations look effortless and are absolutely beautiful. I recommend this book for anyone that enjoys drawing fashion illustrations. This is a keeper.
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32 of 36 people found the following review helpful By Orianna VINE VOICE on November 25, 2010
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I found this to be one of the most helpful books when it comes to learning how to draw fashion sketches. The illustrations are concise, not to mention lovely, and you can easily figure out the techniques just based on the illustrations.

That's a good thing, because the text is quite flawed. Apparently it's translated into English from Japanese, by someone who either doesn't speak Japanese or doesn't speak English. Don't worry--you'll get what they're saying, but sometimes you have to stop and think about it, because it's phrased in a really odd, roundabout way. Occasionally there are sentences that you just can't quite figure out. Such as this one: "Develop applications by mastering the flow and movement of hair." I get that mastering the flow and movement of hair is important, but what does it mean by "develop applications"? I haven't a clue! Here's another: "Do not compromise when mixing color." Compromise what, exactly? Does it have something to do with values? That would make sense in a very odd sort of way. And one more: "The arms, serving as the core of sleeves, play a key role in accentuating the model's pose." I understand that it's saying the arms are important, but what a way to say it! Betcha didn't know you aren't drawing arms---you are drawing sleeve cores!

All the same, the illustrations are abundant and perfectly clear. Because of this, it really doesn't matter that the text is so quirky. I found it more than adequately teaches the techniques of basic figure drawing, with specifics relating to clothing and accessories. Bonus points: it has sections on drawing patterns (stripes, dots, animal prints, etc.) and a section on rendering different types of fabric, including sheers, knits, denim, tweed, satin, and sequined fabrics. Very helpful!
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31 of 36 people found the following review helpful By Diana Huang on November 6, 2009
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I have been looking all over the place for a fashion drawing book that shows and teaches the drawing style coming out of the fashion schools in the here and now. There are books out there that show abstract rendering techniques, bland color palette, that isn't what they are cranking out of the top fashion schools because that isn't what real clothing companies are demanding to see. I have found some that are but they are expensive compendiums for real fashion students and designers.

For outsiders looking into this world, you want to start out with something light and simple but covers everything one needs to know including digital techniques. The price here is very very good. I offer a copy to the mature students(junior high school and up) because many younger kids are uncomfortable with looking at the nude female form even if they are only drawings, but its only a handful of pages. I was hesitant to buy but I saw this at my local art store. I bought it there for $25 w/tax. I should have waited and bought it off of here for the cheeper price but then I would have had to wait for over a week to get my hands on it and offer it to my students. But I didn't want to wait. Too much good stuff in here. :)
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Amber on April 9, 2011
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Love this book. The sketching style and portion instructions are wonderful. The only complaint I would have is that it starts teaching you the 8 head proportion and, in fashion, I think the 9-10 head proportion is best. I bought this and Figure Drawing for Fashion Design by Elisabetta Drudi. I strongly recommend both books!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By ZF on April 18, 2012
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As a menswear designer working in the industry I mainly use computer software to create my artworks. I purchased this book - the book's cover has a very nice illustration - hoping that it will help me to improve my hand drawing skills. I didn't enjoy the book though: the basic illustrations inside the book were nothing like the one on the cover and 3/4 of book illustrations look generated by computer software. Even flats look stiff and lacking details. Doesn't have any menswear or children's wear illustrations either.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By h-chan on August 31, 2011
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I sew and I can draw, but I have not spent much time with figure drawing and I am terrible when it comes to drawing clothes. Sketching my design ideas has been something I have been looking forward to working on. Finally I broke down and started looking for a book that would teach me the basics of figure and clothing illustration. I was only looking for the basics mind you. I did not really expect to find exactly what I was looking for and more, in just one book!

This book is FANTASTIC! It goes beyond "the basics". It studies figure movement, proportions, features, movement, etc. Fabric 2D vs 3D, different drawing techniques for different textiles, how the fabric hangs on the body, coloring/patterns, techniques for different garments etc. Plus MUCH MORE!

I cannot recommend this book any more highly. You may think that just because it has the word fashion in the title, that this book is written for fashion students. You would be wrong. It it perfect for artists of all kinds. I really can't wait to sit down and start applying what I've learned! It is worth every penny I spent and more! If you have even a passing curiosity about learning the things I mentioned above, the price of the book won't scare you away. Buy it! You'll be glad you did!
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