Popular fashion poses

As the styling details of most garments are on the front, the preferred poses to display the clothing are forward facing or slightly turned, (Fig. 4.13 to 4.19). Therefore, side (profile) and back views are not drawn as frequently unless required. Back views are more commonly drawn when designing wedding or evening garments as the back is often highly styled (Fig. 4.20 to 4.22).

The key to fashion drawing is to start by perfecting a number of standard poses as outlined in the Figure Matrix (page 13). From this platform, a wider selection of poses can then be developed by simply varying the arm, leg and head positions. Reverse the drawings and you have more variations.

The following poses are a variety of some of those most frequently used in fashion (Fig. 4.13 to 4.22). Quickly sketch them and their variations using the oval and triangle technique - note they do not have to be perfect, simply capture the poses and movement.

Several of these sketches have been selected to be used as templates and developed throughout the book (Templates 1 to 7, Figure Matrix). Name the drawings as per examples and keep them protected in a folder or portfolio. They will be developed in Chapter 5, Fleshing Out.

Note:

1. As the body turns, the perspective changes, therefore you will need to slightly distort the triangle and oval shapes as can be seen in Fig. 4.20.

2. Check the figure is well balanced by using the vertical balance from the pit of the neck.

3. Check the shoulder and hip angles.

When you have finished drawing these poses, practise sketching poses from magazines. The model should be wearing fitted garments so that you can see the body shape.

Figure 4.13:Template 2 (figure matrix)

Front facing - hands on hips, body weight rests slightly more on one leg than the other, plus variations

Figure 4.13:Template 2 (figure matrix)

Front facing - hands on hips, body weight rests slightly more on one leg than the other, plus variations

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Figure 4.16:Template 3 (figure matrix)

Front facing, high hip - body weight distributed between feet, head turned, more dramatic pose plus variations

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beartng leg, balance leg knee bent inwards, cute V

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Figure 4.20:Template 6 (figure matrix)

Side pose - hip thrust forward accentuating the model's supple body, the arm furthest away is foreshortened, body weight on load bearing foot (foreground), interesting side pose and variation

Figure 4.20:Template 6 (figure matrix)

Side pose - hip thrust forward accentuating the model's supple body, the arm furthest away is foreshortened, body weight on load bearing foot (foreground), interesting side pose and variation

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Figure 4.22: (back view)

Back view - body weight more on one leg than the other, high hip and angled shoulders make this an interesting back pose rather than a symmetrical back view and variation

Figure 4.22: (back view)

Back view - body weight more on one leg than the other, high hip and angled shoulders make this an interesting back pose rather than a symmetrical back view and variation

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