I love drawing animals and enjoy painting and working with pastels but I have never tried any type of fashion drawing or making clothes.
I am looking forward to learning how to drawing people in proportion because this is quite tricky. I enjoy sewing by hand and have made a pencil case and soft toys, but I have never used a sewing machine so this is a skill I am looking to learn over the next week.
Challenge: Learn how to draw a body in proportion.
I attended an Illustration Workshop and learned the secret of 9 heads! First we traced 9 evenly spaced oval shapes one of top of each other and then our tutor Caroline, talked us through how to develop each head. The first was the head, then a letter box shape, followed by a coat hanger another letterbox followed by big pants. Soon I had drawn my first model. We then practised on our own, each one looking better than the last. Really pleased with how they turned out.
Challenge: Learn about a famous fashion icon and develop my own sketches inspired by their style.
I visited the V&A Museum. Firstly, Caroline gave us a tour throught the history of fashion looking at the static exhibition. We then had to choose an item and sketch it. I liked the long Edwardian dresses with their puffy sleeves so this is what I did. Next stop was the Frida Kahlo exhibition. I have previously done some pastel drawings of Frida Kahlo with a parrot on her shoulder and was looking forward to seeing all her brightly coloured clothes. Then Caroline said not to look at the colour but to focus on the detail. I thought this was very strange as Frida is known for her bright colours, but having studied her tops and skirts at the exhibition it made me realise just how much detail went in to her clothes. I don't think I would have noticed if I had not been asked to do this, so was very grateful.
Caroline also set a quiz with questions based on Frida's life and her clothes. I found out Frida was a strong, independent Mexican woman. She wore traditional Tehuana mexican clothes, which became a bit of a uniform for Frida. It is made up of 3 parts: a headpiece (F loved to wear coloured fabric and flowers in her hair); a huipil (this is a square-cut, loose-fitting blouse) and a enagua (a long lace underskirt which showed under her main skirt). I chose to sketch some of her huipils.
A fun and interesting first day - even if it has been really hot!