Cutting-Edge Fashion Illustration: Step-by-Step Contemporary Fashion Illustration - Traditional, Digital and Mixed Media

Author(s): Erica Sharp

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Contemporary fashion and beauty illustrations combine a wide range of exciting materials and techniques, so whether you're a budding fashion designer or illustrator, or simply want to learn more illustration techniques using Adobe Photoshop, Cutting-Edge Fashion Illustration will be your ultimate go-to resource. Each chapter covers a range of themes, from the fundamentals of Photoshop, to combining colour, texture and mixed media with your fashion illustrations. Within each chapter is a series of techniques, each of these demonstrated by a step-by-step tutorial followed by a gallery of inspirational images using that technique. If you're interested in learning ways to incorporate digital elements and style into your work, Cutting-Edge Fashion Illustration will explain the essential techniques and skills you need. It is suitable for beginners and intermediate level illustrators or designers and also a great resource for art students. The basics are covered - from converting original line artwork to digital format, to an overview of the Photoshop Tool palette and explanations of common Photoshop terminology.
However, the main focus of Cutting-Edge Fashion Illustration is on how to play with compositions and add elements like inks and watercolours, how to use digital brushes and incorporate scanned texture, photos and hand-drawn patterns into your fashion illustrations. Erica Sharp is an expert fashion illustrator and designer heavily influenced by Japanese art and culture. Her beautiful illustrations will inspire you to expand your interest in fashion illustration, to be digitally creative and incorporate exciting techniques into your own illustration work.


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Erica Sharp specializes in fashion, beauty and lifestyle illustration. She has worked for numerous magazines including Company, Scarlet and Cooler, and her artwork has also featured in books such as The Big Book of Fashion Illustration, events such as Vogue's Fashion Night Out and The Good Fashion Show, and blogs and websites including Print & Pattern, and Hunt & Gather. Her second passion is education and she facilitates a number of workshops for museums and charities.

Introduction Digital equipment Photoshop overview Photoshop workspace Photosop Tool palette Chapter 1: Fundamentals Scan, clean and retouch a freehand illustration Photograph, clean and retouch and artwork Retouch an illustration using the clone stamp tool Chapter 2: Colour Create layers to apply colours with the brush tool Create a path with the pen tool to add colour Colour a full illustration using paths Create and apply colour gradients Create colour schemes using Adobe Kuler Chapter 3: Textures Apply paper elements to a drawing Apply fabric elements to a drawing Use digital brushes and textures to embellish a drawing Apply scanned ink marks and drops to an illustration Chapter 4: Mixed Media Add illustrative elements to a photographs Add photographic elements to a fashion drawing Combine photographs and digital colour in a photomontage Chapter 5: Patterns Create a repeat pattern by hand Edit a repeat pattern in Photoshop Apply patterns to a fashion drawing Chapter 6: A Career in Fashion Illustration Generating ideas Practising your skills Developing your own style Self-promotion Online self-promotion Creating your online portfolio Useful Contacts (agencies, organizations and blogs, international annuals)

General Fields

  • : 9781446304365
  • : David & Charles
  • : David & Charles
  • : March 2014
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : 128
  • : Erica Sharp
  • : Paperback