It’s still “Day 5” of my 9-day course in fashion illustration, and I’m still having fun. Lots of fun. I’ve found myself a bit obsessed with proportions. I think it’s amusing to see how far fashion illustrators have taken the concept of long and tall.
In reality, we humans are approximately 7 heads high. Artists, however, sometimes paint with “heroic” proportions, making the body — think of those Greek gods and goddesses of mythology — 8 heads high.
Fashion takes us far beyond those mythological standards of perfection to either 9 or 10 head body heights. As I’ve continued my studies of fashion illustration I’ve actually found 11-, 12-, and even 13-head croquis! And then so many women wonder why the clothes they see in high fashion drawings just don’t seem to “look right” when they wear them.
In addition to having his own fashion line and mentoring aspiring designers on various Project Runway spin-offs, Verreos has written a book on fashion — A Passion for Fashion: Achieving Your Fashion Dreams One Thread at a Time.
He also has a YouTube channel, Fashion School with Nick Verreos. He tells viewers straight out that while the tuition is free, you’ll be learning a lot.
I enjoyed watching his video on how to create a 9-head croquis for “flat sketches” — and I certainly did learn a few things, such as “what is a flat sketch in the fashion industry?
Here is a link to the video: How to Draw a Croquis.
I’m delighted to have come across this free “fashion school” and excited by all the videos available. While he wasn’t my favorite designer on Project Runway, he’s become a favorite now, for sure. It’s nice that he’s willing to share his considerable knowledge with others.
I’m off now to draw more croquis — both 9-head and 10-head. And I’m looking forward to learning more from this fun new “fashion school” with Nick Verreos.