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Finally realistically proportioned fashion CROQUIS!

A few weeks back I wrote about fashion croquis and our own sketching abilities. There were numerous comments on how absurd, or unrealistic fashion illustration body proportions can be. I’m guilty of drawing whimsical girls with legs longer than mother nature ever intended, because somehow to me it makes drawing more fun. It’s like creating a fantasy world with my own cast of characters in cute attire…

Then come the technical flats, where proportions can no longer be fantastic but realistic. Flats translate your design concept into reality. They are diagrams of a garment lying “flat” and drawn on a proportionate figure. Hokeys Croquis Fashionflat Sketchpad (yes I got a free copy, but no, they did not ask me to write this entry) is a very cool tool indeed! You sketch your designs over the pre-printed croquis and then you can scan your sketch into the computer, eliminate the existing lines of the croquis so all that is left is your perfectly proportioned hand drawn garment. The notebook itself has a durable recycled-looking cardboard cover and a pretty fuschia ribbon to tie it closed.

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    May 5, 2010, 04.56 AMby westwickate

    Okey Dokey – I want to explore Hokey Croquis!

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    May 5, 2010, 12.41 AMby dnjmama

    You can cover ANY croquis with tracing paper and draw away—When you remove the tracing paper , the croquis dissappears and ‘voila!’ you have your design w/o the croquis. Of course, You can scan the drawing with or without the croquis underneath it to have a digital image on your compuer, if you wish.

    I also like that you can overlay 2 tracings on a single croquis. This way you can separately draw 3 or 4,blouses with different sleeves/collars/etcetera on tracing paper, and separately draw several skirts/pants. Then you can combine different pairings by simply laying them back on the croquis.

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    May 5, 2010, 12.32 AMby lolasangel

    Oh wow. That is incredibly awesome. I always try to draw proportionate figures, but this would be incredibly handy!

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    May 4, 2010, 08.41 PMby edeloof

    I’ve used the ones published in Threads. It’s also great learning about new and different sources for the croquis.

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    May 4, 2010, 02.18 AMby ellecubed

    i switched from a fashion design major to journalism for my undergrad based on the sole fact that i cannot draw.

    this is smart. :)

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    Apr 29, 2010, 11.52 PMby ashchaser

    Hooray, real proportions exist in fashion illusration! I was beginning to lose hope with all of the gangly characters I’ve been forced to draw…

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      May 4, 2010, 06.25 PMby mlssfshn

      Real proportions have always existed in technical draws. Fashion illustrations are just that illustrations, but because they are glamorized they get all the attention. Technical drawing are where the clothing truly come from.

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    Apr 29, 2010, 01.51 AMby chariotsafire

    What a great concept!

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    Apr 29, 2010, 12.00 AMby biza

    Oh that sounds awesome. (: I saw that in the… I think that it was Sew Stylish magazine, and I realized that I really wanted to have it. Haha. I think that it’s cool how the lines disappear when you scan your design into the computer. (:

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    Apr 28, 2010, 07.48 AMby katexxxxxx

    I’ve been using the Threads Magazine croquis family for years. They come as PDF’s and you can print off as many as you like. I can also plop them into Windows as a gif and make them whatever size I like. There are several sizes, and the family includes a man and children. You can find them on the Threads magazine website.

    There’s also a whole pile of free croqis to download here: http://www.designersnexus.com/design/free-fashion-croquis-templates/ More fashion shaped, but posed figures as well as flat ones, so useful for concept drawings.

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    Apr 28, 2010, 03.06 AMby mlssfshn

    I love mine a friend got it for me as a Christmas present. I also want to get FASHIONARY

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