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    FASHION ILLUSTRATIONMEN

    ESSENTIAL

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    FASHION ILLUSTRATIONMEN

    ESSENTIAL

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    All rights reserved. No part of this book may be used or reproduced in any manner whatsoever without writtenpermission except in the case of brief quotations embodied in critical articles and reviews.

    maomao affirms that it possesses all the necessary rights for the publication of this material and has duly paid all royalties related to the authors and photographers rights. maomao also affirms that it has violated no property rightsand has respected common law, all authors rights and other rights that could be relevant. Finally, maomao affirms thatthis book contains no obscene nor slanderous material.

    Whole or partial reproduction of this book without editor authorization infringes reserved rights; any utilization must bepreviously requested.

    Copyright 2008 by maomao publicationsFirst published in 2008 in the United States of America byRockport Publishers, a member ofQuayside Publishing Group100 Cummings CenterSuite 406-LBeverly, MA 01915-6101Telephone: (978) 282-9590Fax: (978) 283-2742www.rockpub.com

    ISBN-13: 978-1-59253-505-7ISBN-10: 1-59253-505-4

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    Publisher: Paco AsensioEditorial coordination: Anja Llorella OriolText edition: Chidy WayneArt director: Emma Termes PareraLayout: Gemma Gabarron VicenteEnglish translation: Heather Bagott

    Editorial project: maomao publicationsTallers, 22 bis, 3 108001 Barcelona, SpainTel.: +34 93 481 57 22Fax: +34 93 317 42 08www.maomaopublications.com

    Printed in China

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    Introduction7

    Bases and Proportions8

    Poses22

    Hairstyles and Accessories64

    Flat Drawing88

    Illustrating with Pencil, Colored Pencil, and Crayon106

    Illustrating with Felt-Tip Pen142

    Illustrating with Ink and Watercolor160

    CONTENTS

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    When I received an email saying that there was a project about mens fashion illustration, for which they were counting on me, I could not believe it. Hadsomebody read my mind? This future book had been the one I always yearned for in my years as a fashiondesign student! And, until now, I had not found any that dealt with the subject.

    Fashion illustration should be somewhat generic wherewomens and mens fashion is taken into consideration.The problem is that fashion today seems to be createdexclusively for womenat least this is the feeling onegets after browsing through bookstores.

    But the reality is different. The myth that men do notworry about how they dress only changing from theiroffice suit to their casual wear is something thatnowadays clashes with reality. The growing obsessionregarding physique, which leads them to pack into fitness centers and use exfoliating creams, is alsoreflected when they are clothes shopping. The width of their garments follows the trends that the stylistspraise in the magazines and they undoubtedly knowthree times as many fashion designers as their fathers.

    Women, on the other hand, not only maintain theireternal obsession with physical beauty, but also work and run the home. Things are levelling out for both

    genders, which means that interests, such as fashion, are shared.

    In view of the current situation, it has been decided that mens fashion should be included on the shelves of bookstores, and so we present this book of mensfashion illustrationstheir faces, clothes, and poses.

    In this discussion about illustration we will find certaindifferences between the male and the female, but thisdoes not imply that one is better or more beautiful than the other. It is true that men do not have the stylish curves of women, but those curves are replacedby shapely muscles, which are equally attractive. Andalthough a womans pose is a lot more theatrical than that of a man, the latter can evoke greater strength. The important thing is that, in both fashionworlds, there should be an overriding objective whenputting illustrations on paper: they must be understood.

    A good illustration is usually the first step toward asuccessful collection, because it will be useful for allthose who participate in its production process: from the sales clerk at the fabric store, to the pattern maker, to the client. And it is also useful because they allunderstand it and know how to translate it as though it were a language.

    INTRODUCTION

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    Bases and Proportions

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    10 Essential Fashion Illustration: Men

    When drawing the humanfigure whether for a fashionillustration or not, being aware of the structures andproportions of the body is vital. One of the mostpopular techniques with which to start is theconversion of the figure to geometric shapes.

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    The classic proportion of thehuman body is traditionallyrepresented as being 8 headstall; however, in the fashionworld where slim bodies arethe norm, 812 heads arepreferred.

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    If the feet are not positionedcorrectly the figure losescredibility. Drawing balancelines is very useful in order to fix the figure in the space.

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    The horizontal lines thataccentuate the position of the figure are those of theshoulders, waist, hips, andknees. The imaginary,flexible line stretching fromthe cranium to the sacrum is our vertical guide.

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    The head is created by joining a circular shape and an oval shape. The eyes aredrawn approximately where these twoshapes come together in line with the upper part of the ears.

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    It is important that a coherentrelationship between the eyes, ears, nose and mouth is maintained, regardless of the position of the head. Here are some examples of lines that can help.

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    The eyes give expression andpersonality to the figure. When they are being drawn, it should benoted that the eyebrows are thickertowards the center. The eyelids and corners of the eyes are alsoimportant features.

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    Here the drawing of the nose can beseen from different angles. The positionof the nose will dictate to what degreethe nostrils and the nose wings arenoticeable.

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    The ear has always been a problem due toits strange interior shape. Good observationcan lead us to simplify certain lines, resultingin a less complex version of the ear.

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    The mouth of the man is usually represented asbeing thinner than that ofthe woman. Thick lips arerepresented without fullycompleting the shape. Forthin lips it is sufficient tofaintly mark the bottomof the lower lip.

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    The fingers of the hand arenot parallel. Light V shapestogether with smoothhorizontal lines dividingthem into threeexcept the thumb which only has one linegive themgreater realism.

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    Bases and Proportions 21

    The feet are one of themost complicated parts ofthe human body to capturecorrectly. The soles and theinsteps are never totally flat.

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    Poses

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    Poses 25

    Here are some examples ofarm and leg positions. Thepose will directly influence the position and intensity of the creases in the sleeves.

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