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How to Shade Depth on Fashion Sketches

Learn about shading depth on fashion sketches from fashion designer Garo Sparo in this Howcast video.


Once you've gotten your base color on there, it's really important to go in and shade and color your fashion illustration. So what I then do is I take a color pencil, just really work the color into the corner and design lines of the garment. You want to think also about where the light is hitting this garment, so you always want to darken around the edges.

You want to kind of carry it up the seam lines a bit to create some saturation. It's another great way if your dress happens to be drapey to show drape, texture, what have you. So I'm going to go in here, really shade in on her waist. You're basically just really driving it home, making it sure that your point is getting across to your viewer. All right, and then I take my handy smudge stick and I just blend, and I could do this for days, you know, one of those things. And that is pretty much how you shade in color, your fashion illustration.

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