Today's tutorial isn't a "back to school" tut, but it sure is useful for anyone who wants to make their own clothes. (And who doesn't need new DIY school clothes?)
I'm going to tell you how to make your own fashion croquis, using yourself as the model. For those of you who don't know what croquis are, they're drawings of people, over which a designer draws sketches of their clothing designs.
Now, usually these croquis are of tall, super skinny girls. Well, that's fine and dandy if you're tall and stick thin, but most people aren't. Heck, even if you are, those croquis are most likely not going to look exactly like you, right?
That's why we're going to be making croquis to match our EXACT body types. After all, what good is designing your clothes on a model whose body looks nothing like yours?
First, you're going to want to either strip down to your underwear, or put on a bathing suit or tight fitting clothes. Basically, you want to be able to clearly see the lines of your actual body, not the lines of your clothes.
Grab a camera with a self timer (or a friend who doesn't mind seeing you in your skivvies) and take a full body shot of yourself. I stood with my feet apart and my arms away from my body, so I'd have room on my croquis to draw flowy garments.
Print out your photo.
Grab a plain piece of paper, place it over your photo and trace your figure with a sharpie, marker or dark-colored pen. You may need to use a light box or window to see your figure clearly.
WARNING: You will be taking photos of yourself in a state of mild undress. Please use caution and delete these photos when you are done. Make sure to keep any prints in a safe place. I am not responsible if your photos end up in the wrong hands. You've been warned.
You're done! You now have a perfect fashion croquis of yourself. Whenever you want to sketch some designs, place some paper over your croquis and draw the design on top. If you traced with dark enough lines, you'll be able to see your figure through your paper.
Here are some designs I sketched using my croquis:
I hope you enjoyed the tutorial and, as always, any comments, questions, suggestions and/or requests are greatly appreciated.