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Fashion Design Studio: Learn to Draw Figures, Fashion, Hairstyles & More (Creative Girls Draw) Paperback – November 26, 2013
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Its one redeeming quality is that it doesn't limit you to drawing stick-thin models. Some actually have curves! As for the clothing and hairstyles, much of it looks vague, lacking in detail. And the looks are seriously dated. The author's comic origins show through quite a bit, too. One model is wearing a cape with a triangular turtleneck collar, looking exactly like some alien superhero.
I would not recommend this book if you're serious about learning fashion illustration. I know it's intended for girls who are learning to draw, but I wasted years of my life being unable to draw the way I wanted to, simply because I read books like this, instead of books that actually taught good drawing skills. I hate to be so critical, since Christopher Hart's other figure drawing books are so good. But this one just isn't.
* Figure It Out! (Christopher Hart Figure It Out!) Christopher Hart's essential book on figure drawing.
* Human Anatomy Made Amazingly Easy Christopher Hart's other essential book on figure drawing. It focuses more on anatomy, so you learn which ankle bone is higher, how to shape collarbones, and so forth. Very useful if you want your drawings to look realistic.
* Contemporary Fashion Illustration Techniques The text is translated, so it doesn't always make sense, but the illustrations are self-explanatory.
* Fashion Illustration for Designers A high-end textbook for designers who want to learn fashion drawing, very in-depth.
* Character Costume Figure Drawing: Step-by-Step Drawing Methods for Theatre Costume Designers Intended for theater costumers who need to design and draw their own costumes. Especially good for learning to draw dancers.
He explains everything perfectly and gives very helpful tips so you understand more about what you're drawing.
I love this book, it teaches you basic anatomy, posing your figure, the folds of clothing, hair styling, face features, etc.!
I like how he gives you a basic art supply list and tips on supplies you might need-- very helpful!
In the book, he breaks down each step to human anatomy, such as drawing every angle of the torso and various angles to the legs.
I've learned to draw figures from the side, back and front all in poses a model would do, such as the hand on the hip or arms crossed. I found it helpful when he points out where the hips and shoulders dip when you're posing a figure. He draws sort of a stick-figure so you can see how arms, legs and hips are posed, then he has a full sketched out figure so you can get a better idea of how it’s all drawn.
He shows where to pose the arms; crossed, clasped hands, in pockets, behind back, one on hip, etc. And gives you a variety of leg poses, knee in, outward curving, knees together, crossed knees, etc. Really gave me an idea on how to pose my arms and legs.
He explains how to draw hands in various poses as well and there is also a page where you can practice them. A page for drawing feet, with or without shoes.
For the face you can learn how to draw the human head turns and tilts, such as looking up, down or turning it to the side. I've found that helpful for when I have to draw someone looking in a certain direction. He goes into detail about face features and covers the eyes, nose and lips. You can learn how to draw eyes from different angles, like from the side view. He even covers a bit of makeup, like eyeliner, eye shadow and mascara on eyes. He covers different views on the nose and where to shade to add dimension, etc. For the lips he explains how to draw a smile and lips from a side view, etc.
He gives you a few tips about hair and shows a lot of basic haircuts and styles even give you already drawn heads that you can practice the different hair styles on.
It was really nice how he showed dos and don'ts that you can take note of and remember he explains what is incorrect and correct about the figure. Then, there are pages where you can practice what you've learned and draw it yourself, as I've mention before, I found this to be fun and very effective.
I struggle with those model poses and the folds in clothing, but after this book I definitely improved on both of those subjects. It has helped me with the folds and creases in clothing around the elbow area, knee, waist, etc. It has helped me with the ruffles in skirts and the flow of a dress. The book covered a lot of clothing styles and outfits, such as coats, dresses, all kinds of fashionable tops with or without sleeves, pants, shorts, skirts, pencil skirts, long dresses, complete looks, casual clothes, business clothes, etc. etc. Very nice on the clothing subject. Even covers fashionable prints on skirts and dresses like animal prints, stripes, dots, floral, lattice, etc.
It has designing accessories, like bags, purses, hats and shoes. Here it covers angles of the shoe, shows you the rear, side view, front, etc., of a high heel and even different styles of shoes. Boots, platform shoe, pump, sandal and more. For the bags you'll find different designs like clutch's, shoulder bag and how to draw a figure posing with purses. For hats you'll get an idea how to draw hats from an up or down view and how to draw a model wearing one.
I like this book and found some helpful tips on anatomy and face features. He doesn't go into detail about everything as much as I would have liked he would, just a few tips here and there about each subject and there are a lot of subjects he covers, which is very nice. There is a lot to this book, has a bit of everything.
I would definitely recommend this to any artist who is struggling with the human figure and clothing. It may be more for a beginner, but I think it’s good to keep around for reference. Definitely nice for a fashion designer. I love it; I'll keep it around to refresh my memory on drawing simple things like hands and feet and the human figure. It is more of a realistic style than it is manga, so you won’t find that Japanese high-school dress and big anime eyes here. But that's fine, every artist should be flexible with all kinds of styles and this book is very nice for realism. I would recommend Chris Hart's other books that cover that anime/manga style, very nice also.