illustration,reviews — Danielle on April 20, 2007 at 2:25 pm

I’m a bit stiff on the illustration thing these days. Perhaps far too many illustrator technicals?

At the library I picked up 9HEADS to help me get back into it. It seemed like a pretty comprehensive book, but didn’t give me anything really new. I’d recommend it for covering all the basics, but if you’ve already got Stipelman, it’s the same stuff. I was disappointed that 9HEADS contains virtually nothing about rendering with different media, illustration tools or even different styles. The technical library is pretty extensive. There is a brief quartet of interviews with fashion professionals about illustration which are interesting.

I’ve jumped back into The Fashion Spot’s Project Runway Game for practice.

This week’s challenge is to design an outfit for a garden party, with a limited palette of colours.


This is my entry. It’s a soft tunic long sleeved dress made of linen. It is simply pulled over the head and belted at the waist with a grosgrain belt. There are practical pockets big enough for pruning scissors or a paperback book. It is worn over a simple chemise with a lace detailing. The sunhat is braided straw with a matching grosgrain ribbon.

The rationale is the outfit should protect from the sun and still feel cool. It should look good rumpled and is meant to be effortlessly casual and with a bit of imperfection and a touch of lingerie for romance. To be worn with sleeves rolled up, dirt under the fingernails, with comfortable carelessness.

The model is Bette Franke.

Feels nice to draw again. What a nice day in Toronto today. Spring is here!

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    1. Love it!

      Comment by Nadia Lewis — April 20 2007 @ 2:41 pm
    2. That is a beautiful illustration! (Love the way her shoes match her hair! I just plain love the shoes.)

      I would wear that dress, but not with dirt under my fingernails. Once upon a time a romantic friend of mine said she could see me gardening in a certain dress, to which I reply, “only in your dreams, sister”. LOL

      Nice work! :)

      Comment by Rebecca — April 20 2007 @ 3:29 pm
    3. this is really nice! I agree with you about the 9 Heads and Stipleman book I have both of them, I do like that 9 Heads has a good reference section for technicals. We used this book for fashion illustration at school. I like the Stipleman book a little more for Croquis illustration than the 9 Heads book.

      Comment by Jill — April 20 2007 @ 5:40 pm
    4. Wow! Danielle!!! When are you introducing your fashion line? I love the idea of the big pockets – most aren’t big enough to hold much more than a loonie or two.

      Comment by Eden Spodek — April 20 2007 @ 8:23 pm
    5. Thanks everyone!

      I quite like it. I like using a lighter touch on the tablet and want to vary my style more.

      I’m also… sigh… getting kind of tired of the “fashion illustration” legs. I think I want to achieve a bit more natural proportion for the legs. Time for me to unlearn some stuff.

      Still idealized of course. Gosh, drawing pretty people is fun.

      Comment by Danielle — April 20 2007 @ 8:28 pm
    6. That’s my kind of dress Danielle! Wearable, feminine but not too girly.

      Comment by Wendy — April 21 2007 @ 7:15 am
    7. Gday Possum,

      I thought of you when I stumbled upon this site the other day.

      It’s freakin unbelievably good, 1000’s of poses for reference and so much fun spinning them around!

      Not 9 heads though! Still, this rocks my world, I’m studying life drawing at the moment.

      Comment by Lol B — April 23 2007 @ 5:53 am
    8. that is a terrific link Lol B! about 10x better than 9heads.

      Comment by Danielle — April 23 2007 @ 6:56 pm

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