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Activities for kids: Draw like a fashion designer

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Do you dream of designing your own outfits?

Here are a few practical tips for becoming THE ultimate designer!


    A few strokes of your pencil and you're done!


    • 1 pencil
    • 1 fine point marker
    • 1 medium point marker
    • 1 box of markers or watercolours


    1. Draw your top model

    Before getting started in the fascinating world of fashion and creating clothes which overflow with imagination, you're going to need...a model.

    Your model must be slender, with as little shape as possible (a small chest and nearly no hips).

    No need for expressions or the like...a simple pose will suffice.

    2. Sketch your clothes

    Use the fine point marker for this.

    • No need to add loads of details - a simple outline will suffice. The more you draw, the more your blossoming mind will be able to create new models! Your stroke should be light yet lively.
    • Practice making textured effects with your thick marker. You needn't be bothered darkening in the entire surface: a few simple, dynamic strokes get right to the point.

    No it's your turn: don't worry, it's a cinch!


    3. Colour your sketch

    • Refrain from working with too many colours: start with one base colour which you can later use in darker or lighter tones. A little touch of blue for contrast and you've got your first dress!
    • You don't need to worry about colouring perfectly, without ever going outside the lines. Your colouring should be as brisk as your stroke.
    • You can add small arrows indicating the type of fabric you wish to use to make your garment.

    4. A few examples of outfits

    A fun fur garment

    It's easy to create a furry look with a fine point marker.

    • Swiftly trace some small loops around the entire edge of your model. Then add a few more here and there: on her hat, shorties, jumper and boots.
    • It's the watercolour that will "set" your garment in place and bring the model to life: using paint (instead of markers) allows you to create areas of shadow and light. The longer you soak your paintbrush in water, the clearer your colours will be...and vice versa!

    A lightweight evening gown

    Your stroke must be brisk to bring out the lightness and flexibility of the fabric. If you wish to "weigh down" a fabric, simply pull out your thick marker and round the fabric out with slow, unhurried strokes.

    Everyday outfits

    You're designing ready-to-wear clothes? Stand out from the crowd by adding accessories such as a headband, glasses, a bag, jewellery, etc., and by paying attention to your use of colour.

    The trademark of all great fashion designers is their ability to put a new twist on everyday wear!


    5. A few examples of poses

    Here are some typical model poses you can dress up any which way you like. From time to time, it is important to be able to draw your top models in motion...