Fashion Illustrations – How to create fashion design sketches on Adobe Illustrator

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Step by step guide to creating fashion design sketches and fashion illustrations on Adobe illustrator and photoshop.

I’m not really a fashion illustrator in the traditional sense of creating really nice fashion drawings by hand. Well, I could but it would take a couple of hours. I appreciate and am amazed by people who can create fashion drawings. I prefer to draw using Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop because I can see top stitching detail, plug in actual swatches into the drawing, specific pantone colors. I could get a really clear, accurate, detailed drawing. On the job, designers are more so creating flats on Adobe than creating really nice fashion illustrations. You can see the rest of my Adidas portfolio here.

LEARNED ON YOUTUBE

I learned how to draw on Adobe illustrator and Photoshop by watching youtube videos, asking my friends in the industry, and looking for portfolios online. Here are some Youtube videos I’ve collected during the years that was helpful in understanding these programs.

These group of videos explain how to use vector points to draw shapes and ultimately draw a full garment.

FABRIC SWATCHES

In the next set of youtube videos it demonstrates how to fill your drawings with real fabric swatches from google images or a photo from a camera.

The video will also show how to create vector repeat patterns as well.

DETAILS AND TRIMS

These groups of video go over how to draw design details and trims like ribbing on the sleeve cuff, waistband, cable knit, etc.

MY DRAWINGS

Here’s my latest drawings I’ve done recently, using both Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop.

 

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