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How to Draw a Wedding Dress for a Fashion Sketch

Learn about drawing a wedding dress in a fashion sketch from fashion designer Garo Sparo in this Howcast video.


This is how you draw a wedding dress. When you're rendering a wedding dress, I usually have the potential bride sitting right beside me. So, I have to be really quick. Fluid. The whole nine yards.

You kind of want to go big with this. Because, who doesn't want something fancy and glamorous to get married in?

So, we start with our silhouette. And, I'm going to go with a mermaid silhouette and have it swing to the back. I'm really big on that. Have her have a nipped-in waist.

This is for a skinny bride. She needs to eat something. But, whatever. Let that happen at the wedding.

I think I want to do strapless. That would be nice. I'm going to go with a nice V-neckline, which I call the Dragonfly neckline, which is one of my signatures.

You want to indicate beading. And, indicating beading can be as simple as little dots. You want to indicate seam lines as well. And, I'm all about long seam lines which hug the body and create beautiful lines in the gown and follow.

You want to carry all of your draping lines up. Everywhere where you do a squiggle, you go up.

You definitely, if you're drawing for a bride, you definitely want give her a head. A lot of times you can leave the head off but, you want to give her a head.

And you want to ask her, "What kind of hair do you want to wear for the ceremony? Are you wearing it up? Are you wearing it down? What have you." She's going to wear her hair up.

And you're like, "What are you going to wear? Are you going to wear a veil? Are you going to wear this or that?" We'll give her a veil, which is easy. You just kind of just carry long lines down. She's going to wear a very dramatic veil.

You'll then want to harden your lines a bit and go in with ink. And, just kind of just make everything apparent that is going to be the final design. Because, you got to get your point across at your meeting with your bride.

I'm not going to go nuts with the pen because I plan on making a white gown and I don't want, I only want an indication of the seam lines.

And, see, just use your pencil lines as a reference. Because, you're going to go in with your eraser and erase them anyway afterwards.

And, she's going to have opera length gloves. Why not? You want to give her some cleavage, because she is wearing a corset gown. That's the plan, at least.

Go really light with your pen. It's really great to have like a fine point pen for this sort of detail. Give her her face.

Oh, let me get the bead work dotted on there. And she's going to have some bead work on her little dragonfly lapels, I'll call them.

You want to, don't forget, before you erase your pencil you want to, like, add in your bead work, if you're even going to bother. Or if she wants it, or what have you. And I'm doing it down the front and on the lapels.

Now, you just go in with your eraser and get rid of all the pencil. All right.

So, the tricky thing about white with wedding gowns is you have to think about shading. And I use a very pale grey to create that. Pale warm grey.

And, this is probably the only time I use markers. They're not my favorite thing in the world to use. Because, it just takes a little bit of mastering to just get these lines right.

And, I know it looks brown. But, it's just to indicate. You're going to go in with some white later.

Once you've done that, you have your blender, which is basically just a clear marker to kind of just, like, bring that color in. And shade it in.
And, it may look like it's turning the whole thing grey, but that will fade.

Then you take your China marker, which is a great thing for creating details on black or white. To just to kind of just make certain things pop. And, just kind of just fill in the whole thing. It just will make it lighten up. It will blend everything together.

And there you have it. That's how you draw a wedding gown.

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