How to Draw Fashion Designing Models

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How to Draw Fashion Designing Models
Fashion model (Fashion image by Yvonne Bogdanski from

Drawing a model for fashion design is a basic skill among most, if not all fashion designers. Alternatively called fashion figures or croquis, these swift sketches of human bodies are the foundations of designing clothes. Fashion designers often draw hundreds of croquis before reaching a single finished design. However, there is a specific style for drawing fashion models, a style geared toward fashion designer needs. Since it often takes a lot of training to learn to draw the human figure with proper proportions, designers have developed several shortcuts to make their jobs a little easier.

Skill level:
Moderately Challenging

Things you need

  • Magazine cutout of a model pose
  • Tracing pad
  • Clear plastic tape
  • Black ink pen

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    Select a magazine or catalogue image of a model and pose you like. Cut out the model and tape the cutout under a sheet of tracing paper. Tape the tracing paper down too; you don't want either to move around once you start drawing. Many designers like to use 11-inch-wide by-14-inch-long tracing paper because it offers more space, but 8 1/2-inch-wide by 11-inch-long paper is fine.

  2. 2

    Draw an outline of the head. Remember while drawing that many fashion designers prefer thin bodies, so you may want to make the face a little bit thinner than the actual image underneath. Keep a steady hand while outlining. Don't use short and sketchy marks; trace the outline lightly but smoothly.

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    Continue outlining the rest of the figure. Instead of following the model's dress, follow the curves of the model's waist and hips. Keep the line a little within to make your fashion figure slightly thinner than the model in the photograph.

  4. 4

    Draw the legs, then add two slanted lines for the crotch and a line for the waist; this will help you keep track of the waist when you move on to drawing clothes. Don't forget that the waist is the thinnest part of the female torso; it is higher than the hips. Add the arms; keep those long and skinny also.

    Render the toes of the shoes slightly more pointed if you want the model to wear high-heeled shoes. The pointed toe also reinforces the illusion of a tall and slender body.

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    Use short lines to draw the collarbone. Draw lines to mark the mouth and bottom of the nose. Use two short parallel lines for the eyes--the top line should go farther toward the sides of the face (like eyelashes). Eyes go halfway between the forehead and the bottom of the chin.

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    Be creative with the hair, but keep it simple. You can make it wavy, straight or curly. Again, you just want to suggest the lines of the hair. The hairline on the forehead should come down about a quarter to a third of the way from the top of the head.

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