Kingston University Department of Foundation Studies 2012/13 Unit 3 Exploratory Stage: Media Development, Preparation & Progression Brief: 4pm

Tuesday 20th November 2012 Crit: 10am Thursday 22nd November 2012


Select three EXCITING and UNIQUE garments to draw. Make sure that they are all different types, styles, shapes, colours, textures and patterns. Bring the garments into college with you for the day on Wednesday 21st November 2012. On A1 cartridge sheets, draw each garment in the ten different ways listed below. Pay special attention to structure, texture, pattern and colour: do not invent colours! Put many drawings of the same garment on one sheet, but start a new sheet for a new garment. Do not be afraid of layering, overlapping, making a mess or failure. Draw the garment flat on the table, on a hanger, pinned to the wall, on a mannequin, on a person, inside-out or however you feel to create variation and investigation. 1. Continuous line drawing using a thick felt tip (NOT fine liner or pencil) 2. Only use scissors / cutting into the paper 3. Blind drawing (!DON’T! look at the paper) 4. Only use stitch / sewing – you could use wool / ribbon / hand or sewing machines 5. Photocopy the garment fabric and use it to collage with 6. Black ink and a stick 7. Block collage using only masking tape (or another type of suitable tape) 8. Draw the garment ten times in super quick succession, layering each drawing on top of the other 9. Use only TEXTURE mark making to draw the garment: consider the best technique to reflect the properties of the fabric 10. Draw the whole garment in detail in 60 seconds. TIME YOURSELF: BE VERY STRICT You should have a total of THIRTY drawings by the end of the day. You must work VERY QUICKLY. If you spend more than five minutes on every drawing you will run out of time and you are doing it WRONG!!! We will CRIT the drawings at 10am on Thursday 22nd November 2012

Kingston University Department of Foundation Studies 2012/13 Unit 3 Exploratory Stage: Media Development, Preparation & Progression Brief: 10am Thursday 22nd November 2012 Crit: 3pm Tuesday 27th November 2012

observe / record / experiment

RATIONALE As a Fashion student you need to develop a personal approach to fashion drawing. You should explore a wide range of techniques and materials in order to develop your own unique way of communicating your ideas, moving beyond a stereotypical posed fashion drawing. It is important to find a drawing style with which to deliver your concept whether you are a designer, stylist or photographer. During this project you will develop your own illustration style to use within future briefs. AIMS AND OBJECTIVES • To improve testing methods and processes as a means to develop ideas and experimentation • To continue to experiment with and select from a wide range of drawing materials • To observe, understand and record the body, silhouette and fabric surfaces using appropriate materials DAY 1: LOCATION FASHION DRAWING Fold four sheets of A1 paper each into twelve squares. After analyzing the techniques that have been successful or pushed you when garment drawing yesterday, select four techniques to develop or combine today. You will use these techniques for drawing each of these four categories. Each sheet will have a total of twelve drawings, that’s FORTYEIGHT drawings in total so you must work VERY QUICKLY!! SHOES – boots, trainers, heels HANDS – gloves, rings, tattoos, nails HEADS – hats, glasses, hairstyles COATS – jackets, waterproofs, suits, parkas DAY 2: LIVE STUDIO DRAWING Source some fun dressing up props and interesting garments from home to bring in today. This could include printed dresses, puffa jackets, fur coats, shoes, jewellery, hats, bags, umbrellas, sunglasses, make up, false eyelashes and any other jazzy props you can think of. The more interesting the objects you bring in the more exciting your drawing will be, so go for it! You will all take turns to draw each other. • Take time to really look at the poses – make sure you position yourself so that

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you have a good view Proportion is the most important consideration Work rapidly building up layers Use colour freely but logically: work from what you SEE Work on A1 – fill the space

DAYS 3-4: DEVELOPMENT & PRESENTATION Analyze your drawing work so far and select the most successful techniques and illustrations that have potential for development. Produce one carefully considered LIFE-SIZE illustration using rolls of wallpaper lining paper (you can work flat on a table, transfer and join sections onto the roll, work pinned onto the wall or easel, or work directly onto the roll). This large-scale sheet should contain several of the techniques that you have tested. You can illustrate a combination of: styled live drawings in the studio; your own designs or images from the photo shoot of an existing foundation project; or take photos of people / subcultures to communicate your style. Try to consider how your illustration technique reflects your creative identity. When you have finished your life-size illustration translate this into an image that can be mounted onto A2 sheets for presentation in your portfolio. It could show the entire image or the strongest sections. Use combinations of photography, scanning, photocopying, illustration, collage and drawing. This piece needs to capture your individual style, the success of the final piece and must be polished and professionally presented. NOW - you should be able to describe your own unique style and tell us where it came from, can you????? RESOURCE REQUIREMENTS: Sketchbook, A1 / A2 paper, wallpaper lining paper, range of drawing / painting / collage materials, camera, tape/s, glue, sewing equipment, fabric, trimmings, magazines, internet, library EXPECTED OUTCOMES: A1 garment drawing sheets (30 drawings) 4 x A1 Location drawing sheets (48 drawings) A body of experimental work from live studio drawing 1 x LIFE SIZE illustration on wallpaper lining paper A2 portfolio presentation sheets showing life size illustration Please note: All work should be well executed and professionally presented.

HELPFUL HINTS AND TECHNIQUES Be bold. Use a smooth and flowing line. Collage. Mix photography and drawing. Work Three-Dimensionally. Allow your illustrations to come out of the page. Create Texture. Use Scissors. Photocopy fabrics and collage. Rip edges. Dip in paint. Drip paint. Build layers. Stitch on top. Layer transparencies. Photocopy & scan. Use photoshop. Reprint and rework. Multiply. Work on wet paper with a pen. Play with a photocopier to drag / distort / assemble images. Work on top of photography. Mix media creatively and personallyto develop style. Graffiti. Splatter. Be frantic. ENLARGE. Cut and paste. Be surreal! Don’t be perfect!

When working think about the STYLE you have selected, WHAT it says about the design work you are illustrating and WHY you are using it. How would you describe it? Hard. Androgynous. Futuristic. Dark. Realistic. Sexy. Scientific. Distorted. Edgy. Exaggerated. Girly. Ugly. Classic. Moody. Poetic. Graphic. Romantic. Naïve. Architectural. Abstract. Sinister. Modern. Clean. Energetic. Quiet. Simple. Chaotic.

LIVE DRAWING EXERCISES • • • • • • • A series of 10 very quick sketches using coloured markers – 1min each pose Block in main shapes with newspaper or pre-painted collage. Work on top with oil pastels / large brush and paint – 30mins Use several colours of felt tips in layers working with a continuous line in each colour – 20mins Four blind drawings using ink / brushes – 5 minutes each Work on wet paper with ink or paint and a large brush – 20mins Work on brightly coloured paper with oil pastels and black ink – 20mins Work on black paper with pale coloured paint / media – 30mins