How to draw fashion figures


Draw fashion figures may seems easy, but there are few hurdles that can be exceeded with a little knowledge.

This short article explains the body proportions, techniques, drawing the parts, human movements, and poses of the body.

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These are the important steps to be followed in Fashion sketching:
1. First use a scale of 9 units. Draw the head in an oval shape in normal direction. Draw neck and its pit.
2. Draw horizontal lines for shoulders and place the bust in correct angle.
3. Draw parallel lines for waist and hips.
4. After the horizontal angles, mark correct location for knees and legs. Same way for arms and hands also.
5. Now proceed to draw masses in the figure, i.e. torso, hips, thighs and legs.
6. While drawing never concentrate on the outline of the sketch or on the body parts. Just look at the border terms. See that the figure is completely blocked before the garments are sketched.
7. See that the hips are raised on the sides to support the body weight. The legs should always be stiff and straight.
8. If you get confused about the proportions of the figure, refer the charts. Use the line of balance as guide to check it. Compare the distribution of weight on the left with the right.
9. Always sketch your figures freely in a loose and easy manner and check one proportion against the other.
Following these tips will help in easy and free sketching.
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All the poses in which the body is shown from the front. The front poses are the most used positions in fashion design and illustration, especially if the design is more intricate on the front. You can add movement to this kind of poses by changing the position of the arms, legs, head and torso.


This kind of poses show 3/4 of the body, either the front or the back can dominate, and it can also look more dynamic by manipulating the arms, legs, head and torso. It is considered one of the kinds of poses most tricky to dominate, nevertheless with a little of practice your designs and illustrations will look great!


As the name says, this posture is in profile, featuring either the right or left side. This kind of pose is not often used in the presentation of a fashion collection, unless the outfit has important details on the sides. On the other hand, in illustration, this posture is more often used due to the beauty of its lines. You can also manipulate the arms, legs, head and torso.


Usually it is used when the back is intricate, and when it has important details that the viewer should not miss. Once again, this kind of pose can be changed by modifying the position of the arms, legs, head and torso.

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