Spend a day drawing drapery from the body, using experimental techniques which could stimulate ideas for fashion designs.
With its exaggerated proportions, stylised graphic lines and increasingly unrealistic depictions of the female form, fashion drawing is recognised as a distinct style of drawing completely divorced from the real body representations seen in other traditions of drawing. Fashion drawing influences not only how we see the human body but what body-type fashionable clothes are expected to be designed for.
Working with a drawing tutor and a life-model, you will have the opportunity to generate new fashion design ideas using alternative methods of fashion drawing that put the real human body at the centre of the design process.
Firstly, you will draw the human body as you see it. Then, through a gradual process of drawing and draping, and by introducing fabrics of different size and weight, you will observe and draw how the body affects the behaviour of fabric, and how fabric behaves on the body.
Following this, and via a series of group-led styling exercises, you will drape and draw from the model, exploring a number of different shapes, silhouettes and forms, and finally exploring how shapes can distort or exaggerate the body as an expression of identity.
On this course:
You will make a series of drawings that explore a body-centred approach to fashion design.
Observe and draw how clothing and fabric behaves in relationship to the body.
Explore identity and body shape through improvised draping and drawing direct from the body.
Timetable for one day courses
Students should arrive by 9am for registration.
Classes are from 9.15 - 5pm
Lunch is included.
Mark Anstee is an artist specializing in drawing. From singular observational silverpoint studies to large-scale durational performance drawings, Anstee has made work for major institutions including Bluecoat Liverpool, De La Warr Pavilion Bexhill, Fabrica Brighton, University of Manchester, IMMA Dublin, IFFM Belgium, and at Stonehenge. In 2014 he was the lead artist commissioned by IWM North for the centenary of the First World War.
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