Are you an amazing fashion illustrator? Do your fashion illustrations belong behind gilded frames in art galleries? Me neither…
But there is hope. When I was in Fashion Design school in Firenze, Italia, we used to sketch for hours on end. As an assignment we were to create our own personalized fashion croqui (pronounced crow-kee) from scratch. An average croqui’s height, if you will, is made up of 9 HEADS. I’ve plugged this book by FIDM professor Nancy Riegelman into this article because it helped my best friend learn to sketch beautifully and she gifted the book to me as well, I found it very helpful. The croqui to the far left is on FIDM’s website, and illustrates how the human body is broken up into equal sections, or 9 heads. Designers Nexus offers many free, downloadable fashion croquis, flats and sketches for your convenience, examples are pictured above right.
Besides teaching yourself to sketch beautiful croquis on your own, like I know you are all going to do, there are enough free croqui downloads out there to give you a head start. We have a tutorial on BurdaStyle where you can download our croqui for free while also learning how to create technical flats, which are technical illustrations, showing the details of a garment: seamlines, zippers, buttons, darts, topstitching, etc. . It is very important if you wish to produce your clothing with a factory, to create technical flats of each piece. These illustrations are equivalent to an architect’s sketch of a house plan; they define exactly how the garment is to be produced, down to surface embellishments.
The link to the BurdaStyle CROQUI:
(right click and download)
The Tutorial for the BurdaStyle technical flat: