Drawing Fashion Accessories

By Steven Thomas Miller

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  • Paperback
  • 628 illustrations
  • 192 pages
  • 280 x 216 mm
  • ISBN 9781856697880
  • Published October 2012

Drawing Fashion Accessories is a practical guide to illustrating footwear, millinery, bags and purses, cosmetic products and jewellery, offering a unique resource for students and professional fashion illustrators alike.

Beginning with a discussion of the media available for drawing fashion accessories and how best to use them, together with a demonstration of various art styles, Miller then moves on to demonstrate the technicalities of drawing different products, including the specific challenges of perspective, how to draw accessories on the body, and how to render a wealth of different materials. In addition to the practice of drawing, a series of specially illustrated glossaries introduces readers to the technical and style terminology used throughout the accessories industry.

Illustrated with specially created step-by-step sequences, Drawing Fashion Accessories provides students with the knowledge and freedom to develop their own work beyond the basics and to bring style and flair to their illustrations.

About the Author

Steven Thomas Miller is a professional fashion illustrator whose clients include Prada Beverley Hills, Nike, Max Factor and Harrods, London. He teaches at the School of Art Institute of Chicago and has previously taught at Otis School of Art and Design, and Parsons, Los Angeles.

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CHAPTER 1: Using Different Media and Tools
Basics of dry media  / Basics of wet media  / Papers / Tools / Software

CHAPTER 2: Footwear
Introduction to drawing footwear / The three-quarter view / The side and top view / Drawing the three-quarter, top, and side views / Drawing high boots, work or hiking boots, sandals, platforms, athletic footwear and espadrilles / Drawing various views / Rendering buffed leather, satin, patent leather, suede, woven fabrics, canvas or tweed, fur, beading, sequins, alligator, snakeskin, acrylic, and metallic leather / Drawing children’s shoes / Flat drawings for production / Glossaries of shoe and construction terminology / Glossaries of toe and heel shapes / Glossaries of shoe and boot silhouettes

CHAPTER 3: Millinery
Introduction to drawing the hat on the head / Templates for different views of the head / Templates for men’s hats / Rendering fabric textures / Drawing blocked and sewn hats, feathers, bows and ribbons / Rendering novelties, fruit and flowers / Rendering netting / Glossary of hat terminology / Glossary of hat silhouettes

CHAPTER 4: Bags, Purses and Belts
Introduction to drawing handbags / Drawing an evening bag, a straw bag, a quilted bag, a monogrammed bag,  rhinestone and beaded bags, a hard-shell bag and a metallic bag  / Rendering tooled and embossed finishes / Drawing wallets and covers / Rendering cloth bags  / Rendering other textures / Drawing chain mail  / Drawing belts and buckles / Glossary of bag silhouettes

CHAPTER 5: The Beauty Head and Cosmetics
Introduction to face shapes / Drawing the beauty head / Drawing eyes, mouths, noses, ears and hair / Drawing profiles / Drawing three-quarter heads / Drawing angled heads / Drawing perfume bottles / Drawing frosted glass and crystal bottles / Drawing cosmetics and cosmetic accessories

CHAPTER 6: Jewellery
Introduction to cut stone shapes  / Drawing cut stones, coloured gemstones, pearls, pave and rings / Drawing flat gold and silver necklaces / Drawing gold chain necklaces / Drawing earrings / Drawing sunglasses / Drawing watches / Rendering crystal and wood / Templates for jewellery / Glossary of jewellery terminology

CHAPTER 7: Fashion Figure Drawing
Introduction to basic proportion / Gesturing the female figure / Gesturing the male figure / Drawing shape / Drawing the silhouette / Drawing shadow / Drawing shadow on drapery / Drawing shadow on the figure / Drawing gesture, mass and form / Drawing hands / Drawing feet / Drawing partial figures / Glossary of womenswear / Glossary of menswear / Glossary of rendering fabric