How to Draw & Paint Fashion & Costume Design: Artistic inspiration and instruction from the vintage Walter Foster archives

How to Draw & Paint Fashion & Costume Design: Artistic inspiration and instruction from the vintage Walter Foster archives

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How to Draw & Paint Fashion & Costume Design, the third book in the Walter Foster Collectibles series, contains yet another extraordinary collection of vintage Walter Foster titles from the 1940s through the 1960s, including Female Fashion, How to Draw and Paint Today's Fashions, How to Draw and Paint Fashions, and the Art of Costume Design. In addition to providing an overview of basic drawing and painting techniques, artists will learn how to capture figures in various poses, as well as the dynamics of facial features and expressions, and other elements of drawing. Additionally, this colorful 128-page book features easy-to-follow step-by-step instructions for rendering a range of early 20th-century fashions and theatrical costumes. From casual wear and formal gowns to textures, hats, and shoes, artists who are fond of vintage fashion and eras gone by will appreciate the book for both its instructional qualities and aesthetic and collectible values.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781600582462
Publisher: Foster, Walter Publishing, Incorporated
Publication date: 06/30/2012
Series: Walter Foster Collectibles Series
Pages: 128
Product dimensions: 8.70(w) x 11.50(h) x 0.40(d)

About the Author

Founded in 1922 by artist Walter T. Foster, Walter Foster Publishing, an imprint of The Quarto Group, is the world's leading publisher of instructional art books and kits for adults and children. Walter Foster's diverse selection of drawing, painting, doodling, and mixed media art books and kits have created a foundation for millions of beginning, intermediate, and advanced artists looking to hone their talents, learn new techniques, and discover different mediums. From color mixing recipes and art tools to the fundamentals of drawing and painting, Walter Foster's books cover a wide variety of topics and mediums across a broad spectrum of traditional and eclectic subject matter for artists of all skill levels. Walter Foster Publishing continues to expand its offerings every year, producing cutting-edge art-instruction books and kits for a worldwide audience.

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An impeccably shaped collar, the color and cut of a suit, a smart hat, the seam up the back of a stocking—these seemingly incidental hallmarks of fashion know-how separated trendsetters and tastemakers from the hopelessly dowdy during the 1920s through the early 1960s. Such fashion vanguards as Coco Chanel, Elsa Schiaparelli, Anne Klein, Christian Dior, Hubert de Givenchy, Pierre Cardin, and Mary Quant defined style for a generation of ready-to-wear designers and ensured that “stepping out” meant being pressed and well dressed. How to Draw & Paint Fashion & Costume Design resurrects this period of studied sophistication with a dazzling collection of fashion sketches from the Walter Foster archives. With original instruction from Walter T. Foster, Viola French, and Marilyn Sotto, this keepsake book provides everyone from the novice artist to the closet fashion designer abundant artistic inspiration and tips for creating timeless looks using a variety of art media.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: Introduction
Drawing Tools & Materials
Painting Tools & Materials
Color Theory
Form & Value
Basic Drawing Techniques
Colored Pencil Techniques
Oil & Acrylic Techniques
Watercolor Techniques
Pastel Techniques
People in Perspective

Chapter 2: 1920s–1930s
Male & Female Fashions with Walter T. Foster
Hands & Feet
The Male Figure
The Female Figure
The Urban Sophisticate
The Modern Woman

Chapter 3: 1940s Female Fashions  with Walter T. Foster
The Bombshell
The Siren
Ladies of Leisure
The Professional
The Starlet
The Icon
Beauty in Motion

Chapter 4: 1950s Female Fashions with Viola French
The Face of Fashion
Fashion Proportions
Roughing in the Figure
Sources to Draw From
Rendering Fashions

Chapter 5: Early 1960s Female Fashions with Viola French
The Face of Fashion
Hands & Feet
Sources to Draw From

Chapter 6: The Art of Costume Design with Marilyn Sotto
Period Costumes
Performing Arts
Television & Film
Costume Couture

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How to Draw & Paint Fashion & Costume Design: Artistic Inspiration and Instruction from the Vintage Walter Foster Archives 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Informative and well-written, with wonderful vintage illustrations/designs that you’ll see on the runways today.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago