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Watercolor Fashion Illustration : Step-by-step techniques for illustrating fashion and figures in watercolors

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Learn to paint outstanding fashion watercolors with expert guidance from a leading fashion illustrator.



Watercolor is a wonderful medium for figure and fashion as it creates loose, impressionistic results that capture the essence of a look without getting too bogged down in the details. In this complete course, professional fashion illustrator Francesco Lo Iacono shows you how to master creating delicate, beautiful fashion illustrations.


The book begins with the best tools and materials, from paints and brushes to pencils, paper and more. You'll then explore simple watercolor techniques such as washes, wet-on-wet, wet-on-dry, and using the white of the paper. Francesco then goes on to teach you about lighting and shading, which can have a dramatic effect on your work. And finally in the front section, you'll learn about colour, how to create palettes, how to mix colours and achieving a range of skin tones.



Once you've covered these fundamentals, Francesco explores the key elements of illustrating fashion, with guidance on how to approach both male and female faces, a wide variety of hair types and styles, different male and female poses, and how to draw and paint garments, reflecting tailoring, drapery, volume, texture and patterns.



Twenty step-by-step projects then take these building blocks and show you how to use them to create beautiful fashion watercolors, starting with easier subjects and building in complexity as your confidence grows. You'll begin by painting handbags and shoes without models before starting to introduce figures. The range of subjects included covers all angles, from full figures front on and in profile to close-up make-up and beauty illustrations. You'll also learn how to create dynamic compositions for editorial fashion illustration. Finally, Francesco covers the best ways to digitize and retouch your work, how to incorporate other media alongside your watercolors, how to work live at fashion events and how to take everything you've learned to develop your own personal style of fashion illustration.



Francesco's clients include fashion brands Dior, Gucci, and Louis Vuitton - and with this book you'll have all the tools you need to become an A-list fashion illustrator too.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 144 pages
  • 216 x 280 x 17.78mm | 657.71g
  • Newton Abbot, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 350 Illustrations, unspecified
  • 1446308731
  • 9781446308738
  • 362,856

Table of contents

Foreword 4







INTRODUCTION 5


Using this book 6


Tools and materials 8







EXPLORING WATERCOLOR 12


Approaching the blank page 12


Mixing your paints 13


Practice exercises 14


Understanding lighting and shading. 16


Understanding color 19







ILLUSTRATING FASHION 24


Working in the fashion industry 24







CREATING A CHARACTER 26


General features 26


Women's faces 30


Men's faces 31


Hair 32


Painting beautiful hair 33







POSES 34


The body 35


Examples 38







RENDERING FABRICS AND PRINTS 40


Exploring fabrics and textures 41


Prints and patterns 43







TUTORIALS 44


Canvas tote bag 46


Wedge platform shoe 48


Gown on mannequin 50


Womenswear head to toe 54


Menswear head to toe 58


Girl with bag 62


Eye makeup 66


Girl with hat 70


Woman in print dress 76


Boy with hat 80


Perfumes 84


Focus on beauty 86


Girl with sunglasses 92


Man in print shirt 96


Vintage jewelry 100


Menswear composition 102


Catwalk moment 108


Close-up beauty look 112


Womenswear composition 118


Editorial with background 126







READY FOR BUSINESS 132


Digitizing your work 132


Mixed media 136


Working live 138


Developing personal style 141







About the author and acknowledgements 142


Index 143
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"As in the arts, fashion illustration has had its master watercolour artisans, including the infamous David Downton, an avid watercolour and ink draftsman, Antonio Lopez and Kenneth Block, who captured the fashion figure with the most direct and considered brush strokes. Francesco is bringing this medium into a modern era, combining the skills of watercolour and technology to edit and refine his final outcomes. His rich, vivid tones always delight, leaving the viewer with a taste in the mouth for more after every sitting. Like Francesco as a young boy, revealing the rainbow palette of his first watercolour set, this book will give you the possibility to make your own marks and tell your own story." -- Patrick Morgan "This book is packed with handy tips and tricks that are worth their weight in gold, the kind of instructions that only someone who has a lot of experience in the medium can give." * London Runway Fashion Magazine *
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About Francesco Lo Iacono

Francesco Lo Iacono is an Italian illustrator based in London. His clients include Dior, Louis Vuitton, Gucci, Fendi, JW Anderson, Bottega Veneta, Salvatore Ferragamo, Ted Baker, Paul Smith, Paris Fashion Week, GQ Mexico, Selfridges and Harvey Nichols. He also tutors a monthly Fashion Life Drawing Class at the Cass Art flagship store in Islington, London.
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