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Fashion Illustration: Inspiration and Technique Paperback – March 1, 2011
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Anna Kiper is my art and design professor at FIT in New York, NY and this book is an exact material that we learn in class, so if you don't have the time to attend her classes, this is the best next thing.
Overall I must say that this book has helped me a lot. It does take many years of experience to become as good of an illustrator as Anna, looking at some of her techniques can be a great way to practice!
The figure drawing session and flats session as well as dressing the figure I think has a good step by step tutorial. Overall I love this book I am glad I bought it. I wish this book came with DVD showing the author demonstrating drawing and doing some color illustrations, and the use of her different medias to do her illustrations, as well as her great fabric and color rendering, I wouldn't mind paying double. I believe the best part of this book are the color illustrations, even with not so much tutorial on how to do it. I hope that in the future she expands this book in to more color illustrations and fabric color rendering.
Let's take a look into the figure croquis proportions presented as being 10 heads. Let's call them 10 cells of one head hight each. Down there it is considered the tip of the toe as the tenth head. So one may understand that the heel is on 9,5 heads level. About the torso, frequently in fashion illustration, it is considered three heads from the chin to the end of torso, or in page 9, it measures 7,8 cm. Considering an usual method, the 7,8 cm - torso plus neck - may be divided in thirds of 2,6 cm. Then it is possible to estimate one third for bust line level and the second third for waistline. So one may imagine another way for this figure division. Taking, say 22 cm hight (original total measurement minus 1cm for hight heel) divided by 2,6 cm as "torso standard head" one gets 8,5 heads. And this proportion is very nice and contemporary. Real people have 7,5 to 8 heads. As illustration teacher I consider clearer for a student if it is just presented a 8,5 head figure with smaller Head in the first top cell.
Further on, the pages present figures in static positions or in moviment, full of grace, beauty and elegance.
The rendering is light, full of air. The tones of blue, violet and green predominat in the illustrations do not make them cold but very pleasant. The step by step of color layering is very clear and helpful. The author shows and proves that different media take to equivalent results. And sometimes some media may even potentialize those illustrations impacts.
The flats deserve a particular mention. They are amazingly pleasant, from the simple pencil skirt to highly elaborated garments. If we had to choose a single keyword it would be richness. Keep far from minimalism!Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I learned more from a few days with this book then 2 whole years in school for fashion. Highley recommend this book!! Absolutely stunning!Published 23 days ago by rawr
One of the best books about fashion illustration I believe. It covers anatomy (specific to fashion illustration), how to draw the body in different poses, how to draw different... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Yuliya
The best fashion illustration ever!!! Wish I could have all her books!Published 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
It has many things to help a person improve as an artist, fashion designer, and I like the style of the book.Published 4 months ago by Emerald