What…is a croqui?
Alright: I’m expanding my hobby list here. I’ve seen so many fashion designers on Instagram and wonder how they come up with their style. It really is another genre of sketching than anything I’ve done myself. Because I love dresses (such a diva) and especially using watercolors, I decided to try my hand at this art.
In response to the title question, no, it is not a breed of frog. A croqui is a quick sketch of a live model. My “croqui” actually came from a template on a fashion drawing site called I Draw Fashion. Readers can draw their clothing designs right on these templates for easy designing, or they can do like I did and use it as a guide to learn how to draw my own. I just copied the artist’s fancy drawing. How does one attempt a fashion sketch? I’ll walk you through it.
I Draw Fashion is a pretty simplistic website with templates of models for beginning designers, as well as tutorials for certain items of clothing and ways to add color to your finished sketch. The homepage is simple to navigate and has plenty of articles to choose from.
There are dropdown boxes below each of the selections on the header menu. They are divided into each section of the drawing, between clothing and the body. For example, the Accessories tab is broken into sections for Shoes, Hats, Jewelry, and Others. So while I was sketching out my croqui’s outfits, I was able to visit each of these menus to guide me along in my lack-of-inspiration (and maybe lack of skill?).
I. I drew out my croqui’s figure, preferably the one with no hair. I wanted to draw my own hairstyle. These templates were very helpful. I also learned that in a realistic portrait, the model would be somewhere between 6 1/2 and 7 heads tall, while a croqui will be closer to 8 heads tall. Mine is actually too short!
II. Next, I sketched out her facial features, hair, and clothing. I just made them up on the spot. I figured that this odd pose had to be of a Latin dancer.
I really had help here with the bracelets. I am not a jewelry designer/artist for sure! This page under the Accessories tab had a helpful article on bracelets.
There was an even more intriguing article that taught me how to go about drawing “sexy lips.”
III. Shoes! I had no idea what to do here, especially with these squash feet for a guideline. I’m not good with feet in general and usually draw them too small. I also found this article under the Accessories section.
IV. I outlined my entire sketch so I’d have clear boundaries for my paint.
V. PAINT! This baby took me about 3 hours. Her skin took the longest; I looked up the best way to mix a light skin tone and kept having to add more of each color, then dab off the excess, and add more again because my paper towel absorbed all of the color…it was an adventure, let me tell you. But luckily I had a little buddy to keep me company. He totally thought this was a real flower. #ComplimentFromBug
I also visited this article that showed me how to properly paint white fabric. The trick is to leave enough white/unpainted paper as possible so it doesn’t turn out gray.
There are so many helpful articles on this website! There were enough for a beginner like me to figure out the basics of fashion design. I found it very helpful to have shading information, even for watercolor, and different designs for clothing items. I successfully completed my first croqui and outfit!
I think the website is easy to navigate and clear to read, even for those with vision problems. Its colors are appealing and simple. This site has to be the most media-confident: there are tons of links to their accounts all over the web! I also really like that the ads are mostly out of the way, and I’m not at risk of clicking on them accidentally. I’m able to ignore them.
Give me more. “Fa real.” I wanted a tutorial about how to draw a necklace and dangling earrings, but there are no articles under Jewelry except for bracelets! I don’t wear bracelets, myself. I wear earrings, rings, and necklaces. Of course I’ll want to draw those things. Under Clothes, there is no tutorial for any type of shirt. I guess corsets are more chic. And how are there only 5 articles under Techniques? I’m appalled and thoroughly disappointed.
Their homepage is also really busy. I don’t know if I could find anything I wanted to look for because there are so many things to choose from. Don’t believe me? Take a look for yourself:
My honest reaction to this website would be to tell you to find another one for your fashion-sketching desires. Although I was able to start out on this website, there has to be another with many more tips and tricks. I was way disappointed not to have a necklace tutorial to guide me. My croqui came out alright, but I think I’ll keep searching. Anyone experienced in this art would find some articles helpful, but it wouldn’t be a site they would come to for answers to all of their questions. There simply isn’t enough.
Bozhilova, Teya. I Draw Fashion. 2015. Web. 9 March 2016. <http://www.idrawfashion.com/>.