Tuesday, September 18, 2012
Importance of Sketches
This is the rough design of the costume I'm building for November. I knew what pieces I needed but I had to figure out how they needed to fit together. I also needed to play with the colored pencils to determine what color would work best. I need a rear view so I can figure out how the assels will work best while keeping the panty coverage necessary for some venues.
I did some drawing as a child, but I never managed to quickly whip out figures. This was a handicap when I started designing because I was so worried about having correct figures what I would stall on the actual costume design. That's when I learned about the joy of croquis.
Back in the olden days of the nineties, I had to rely on pattern books that were out of season and negotiated for at the local Wal-Mart. When I was really desperate, I'd use the measurement sheets from the costume shop. (They were a bit rough looking.) Nowadays, some patterns include croquis (particularly the Simplicity Project Runway patterns). The amazing internet has croquis galore. I've used a few from this site.
By sitting down and sketching with croquis, I now know what exactly I have to build. I know what color fabric to find and how the pieces need to fit together. Stay tuned and I'll share as I build.