- Paperback: 168 pages
- Publisher: Focal Press; 1 edition (March 24, 1992)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0240801121
- ISBN-13: 978-0240801124
- Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 9 x 11 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,635,105 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Handbook of Costume Drawing, A 1st Edition
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From the Publisher
This book presents visuals that will help the designer produce images reflective of a specific time period. Students of costume design and costume history will learn how to "see accurately". Important information, including head and footwear, hair styles, shoulders, and waist, hem and necklines, are detailed to maximize the historical accuracy of each design and fully recreate the look and feel of a period. This new edition incorporates several important chapters covering topics such as: * Drawing from the Source: Period Garments as a Three Dimensional Form. Students' skills are polished by drawing from mannequins in period garments, including both fitted and draped garments * Understanding Color- including the color wheel and the understanding of value, saturation and the relativity of color * The Use of Computer Technology in Costume Drawing- The use of Freehand, Photoshop, and the scanner to add versatility to costume drawing skills. A Handbook of Costume Drawing is the perfect first book for any student of historical costume design. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
About the Author
Georgia O'Daniel Baker is Professor of Theatre Arts at Towson University and Director of the Costume Design program. She is also Resident Costume Designer and Artistic Associate for the Maryland Arts Festival. As a professional designer, Ms. Baker has designed costumes off-Broadway, for regional theatres, summer stock, dance, and television. Her designs were included in the world premiere of Ionesco's Journeys from the Dead and the American premiere of Ionesco's Man with Bags.Helen Redel Pullen is an Assistant Professor of Art at Towson University and a freelance designer and illustrator. Her figure illustrations have appeared in publications such as Glamour, Mademoiselle, and The New Yorker. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
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First off, there is no excuse for a professional costume designer having to bring in an illustrator to illustrate the book for them. Costume design is inherently about your ability to create art that helps you communicate your ideas to others. If you can't do that, why are you writing a book telling OTHERS how to manage it? The author's costume renderings are shown in color only as small thumbnails on the front cover of the book and only in black-and-white internally. Given her style of rendering, this is one step down from useless.
The illustrator has made a nice effort, and the silhouettes from the time periods might be useful in a pinch, but there are plenty of costume history handbooks out there which illustrate far more of the range of silhouettes - and cover more than just white-washed portions of European history. I find it both disappointing and hilarious that this book devotes more pages to Ancient Greece than Ancient Rome. How many plays survive from Ancient Greece as opposed to Ancient Rome?
(hint: less than 10)
This book is an extreme disappointment from start to finish. The instructions seem highly hypocritical when viewed in context with the illustrations and the costume renderings on the cover. Instructions to use realistic style and to avoid "wide, cartoon-like" eyes and figures which appear to float on nothing seem wholly inappropriate given the style of the renderings on the cover. I can't help but wonder how the author would react if she saw the work of students who rendered in a style more in accordance with her instructions. One must hope she would at least be gracious about it.
I don't know how much input the author and illustrator were able to give their publisher with regard to these problems, but honestly, far more can be accomplished by going to a search engine and finding free, online tutorials. Perhaps in the future, a blog would be a better venture than a book?
At least those only waste the money of the people who pay for the hosting, and not for those unfortunate enough to stumble across them.
I'm not sure exactly who the book is aimed at. There is very little helpful content at all.
The first 26 pages ...which sounds like a lot, but isn't, considering the format, consist of a few figure drawings plus a few notes about body and facial proportion, a short, generic section on art materials and techniques, a basic colour chart, etc. Nothing specific to the topic of drawing the costumed figure, at least nothing specific enough to be any use; there is nothing here to help the would-be artist achieve a finished result. Then follow 3 pages of PhotoShop instruction, or rather an extremely lightweight overview as to what PhotoShop can do.
Then comes the body of the book. This chooses various periods, such as "Cavalier 1620-1660," "Restoration 1660-1680," "Baroque 1680-1715" then gives a half-page of overview, including one or two sketches of things like a hat, a pair of shoes, maybe a dress or two, one large black and white drawing on the facing page. Only six full costumes (3 male, 3 female) for a relatively modern era covering a 100-year time span?
The closer we get to our own times, the less satisfactory this pitiful 'overview' becomes. For example, the female 1940s page drawings include 2 shoes, two hats, two hairstyles, one small drawing of a coat and one large drawing of a woman in a two-piece suit. That's it for the entire decade!
These costumes are nearly all designed for the wealthy classes, virtually nothing of everyday wear for ordinary folk. Giving the reader only one detailed example per period is extremely unsatisfactory. There really isn't any reason to buy this book that I know of. There isn't enough art instruction included to make an artist, and there certainly aren't enough costume examples to satisfy someone interested in either period costume illustration OR theatrical costuming.
If this had been a children's book (which it rather resembles, once you get into it) which only cost a couple of pounds, I wouldn't be complaining. However, I wouldn't have ordered it either. For this price, I expected a lot more.
I sure wish I'd read previous reviews before ordering it!