Thursday, August 8, 2013

Teal Floof-fashion

 This was my test design I did on one of my fashion forms yesterday. It came out better that I intended; the blouse is based off an actual shirt I own, which happens to be the exact color I gave it for this outfit. The skirt is simplistic, based off a basic pattern which has been used for many of my real skirts; only I did a test try on using the bucket tool and setting it to fill with pattern option. This gave me a fun polka dot print for the skirt, which I would love to have. I also played around with making white stockings, and my favorite part of the entire outfit has to be the shoes. I had to make a few tweaks when drawing the shoes over the feet; and had to erase the feet once the shoes were drawn over them. This pretty set of blue, white topped pumps, came out so simple, yet so cute; they remind me of white wall tires on a teal blue car from the 50's. I also went ahead and added my own designs of jewelry, based off actually blue beads I own, which will be made into a set of earrings at some point. I added in the additional plastic pearl fillers to the jewelry, being that pearls go well with blue and polka dots. I was going for a simple retro costume jewelry style, being that the shoes have that feel of retro goodness. And, last detail on this piece, if you look real close, I painted the nails of my figure to match the outfit, and I happen to have an actual nail polish called "Mrs. Mint" which is a perfect shade to wear with an outfit like this.

Just because, (left) is the basic outline form of the design; which is missing accessories like shoes and jewelry, and most importantly, color and pattern. And (right) is the completed version of the outfit, without an added frame. Couldn't decide if it looked better alone or with a frame, so I made both.

Hope you enjoyed it, be sure to drop by for more future designs. ^.^

Personalized fashion form

For ages I've wanted to have some drawing forms that resemble the actual shape of an average person's body; specifically my own. So what I did was simple; I took my camera and set it on its tripod, then set the camera to self time photo. This resulted in self posed snapshots of myself in a bathing suit...kind of embarrassing. After that I uploaded the images onto the computer and got to work. I used invisible layers, and one white layer, then outlined over the photos with a size 4 brush. Once I was done with the forms I felt they needed to be a little taller, being that I normally wear heels with my outfits, so I went and stretched the legs slightly to fit that aspect of height difference when wearing shoes. The forms below are originals before stretching; they look super short, though I'm not really as short as it may seem. I went ahead and traced over the face while I was it, just to make this form official; and of course I added circles to indicate breast size, being that I needed a guide for how to draw the clothing over top the form.

And just like that, you can make your own personalized fashion form for drawing, to sketch out clothes with you in mind. ^.~

Also, I did put one of the forms to the test, and drew a design on it. I found out once clothes are on the structure, it looks way better. So stay tuned for my first test design, coming in next post.

Friday, August 2, 2013

Three themes, one page-fashion

These fashion designs date back to around 2010 or slightly before. From left to right (30's flower dress, modern Medieval, and flower fairy outfit) The above panel has been arranged into a more appealing sequence, and has been adjusted in levels for more crispness and vibrancy. I drew these designs on the same page, hence the title "Three themes, one page".

(Left) Original image before level adjustment and rearrangement.

I just randomly designed some outfits on the paper, but later I felt the design which draped most and contained no creamy yellow should be put in the center, and the other two with similar colors should go on either side.

Because I enjoy displaying my designs on backdrops, I went ahead and displayed the three on backdrops and frames which help express their theme more. Each one contains its own unique display; the 30's flower dress was given a frame which resembles an aged seed sack style, complete with vines for a countryside appeal. The flower fairy outfit was placed on a backdrop which matches its colors, and displays the dress like it's in a forest of flowers and whimsical vines, the pink roses added to pick up on the gentle pink hints in the outfit, and coincide with the flower theme. And last is the modern Medieval outfit, based off Celtic jig outfits and displayed with an emerald wall paper frame, complete with black vines and leaves that slightly resemble the appearance of clovers or shamrocks. (All displayed below)
30's Flower
Flower Fairy
Something I also noticed about each display in the order listed, is that they each phase over into a different season. 30's Flower seems to have an Autumn feel, Flower Fairy has an early April feel, and Modern Medieval has a middle May feel.
Modern Medieval
At some point I may draw these designs on a base model to show what they look like if worn by a character, till then the designs are pleasant the way they are.

Mediums used for these designs- Prismacolor pencils, cheap marker, marker pen, and gold jell pen for making the designs on the Modern Medieval outfit.