Mardi Gras Croquis

WordPress baffles me. Yesterday was my second largest number of blog visitors in a single day. The previous record was held by Kristin Espinasse’s Tuesday Talent interview. This make sense considering her loyal following. But there is no rhyme or reason to yesterday climbing the charts to #2. Either there are a ton of foodies out there or you’re all trying to figure out how to launder money.

And it’s been far too long since I’ve given my faithful Fashion Illustrators anything. So in honor of Mardi Gras I dressed up a croquis pose. How do you like her? I plan to post more poses from time to time. Let me know if there are particular poses you’d like me to draw. That’s Right! I’m taking requests.

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The Weekend ~ 9/20/13

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Hello All!

As of late I have become so wrapped up in writing and photography I’ve been lax on creating croquis posts for my devoted fashion illustration followers. This is after all how this blog was born. And Every week Croquis Part II remains my #1 read blog post- being kicked off its top slot only once by Kristine Espinasse and her French Word-a-day.

Now I’ve made all sorts of promises for upcoming croquis posts but I’d like to hear what you want to learn. Are there particular poses you want to see? What tools do you need most for your design work? Tell me what I can do for you. Your requests will be answered!

Last weekend I discussed my fear of writing anything longer than 100 words. Well my friend wants me to join her and participate in NaNoWriMo, National Novel Writing Month. The goal is writing a novel in the month of November, 50,000 words minimum.

Or 1,666.66 words per day or 555.55 words per hour if I carve out 3 hours a day and type 9.26 words per minute. I’ve broken down the numbers into various derivations in an attempt to quantify and control.  Is there an emoticon for steam coming out your ears, head spinning around and flying off your body? If I weren’t already feeling ill this would surely do it. I think I’d rather jump from a plane. No, not really, that’s a dramatization. But if I do decide to drink the koolaid I may have to take leave from the blog to do it. Because I can’t possible spread myself that thin and not break.

Another girlfriend invited me to join her on a trip to Iceland in December. 4 hours of sunlight, 36 degrees Fahrenheit and no guarantee of seeing the northern lights. Why can’t I seem to warm up to the idea? Perhaps we should just hang out in a meat locker, drink Brennivín, dance our asses off to stay warm and watch videos on the northern lights projected on the wall. Or I could just fly to Colorado to see her. Then we could jump back and forth between the hot tub and making snow angels. With shots of Brennivín in between, of course.

Make sure to tune in next week for an exciting Tuesday Talent interview. A fabulous poet I met on the writer’s cafe and completely adore. I’m so glad she agreed to participate.

Til’ Monday I hope you are elbows deep in paint or ink. And read the Blast from this blogs past.


Blast from This Blogs Past


The Weekend Reading List


Something Extra

Chasing Cars ~ Snow Patrol

The Weekend ~ 6/28/2013 ~Basic Croquis

Last Friday I shared my rant on some men’s view of height to which a fellow writer replied with a  quote by Johnny Depp in Don Juan DeMarco:

“One must see beyond what is visible to the eye…When I say that all my woman are dazzling beauties, they object. The nose of this one is too large; the hips of another, they are too wide; perhaps the breasts of a third, they are too small. But I see these women for how they truly are… glorious, radiant, spectacular, and perfect… because I am not limited by my eyesight… I search out the beauty that lies within until it overwhelms everything else.”

So I decide that next time I am confronted with such ignorance I plan to say “Oh, I see your limited by you’re eyesight. That’s a shame.” This rebut can and should be liberally applied.

That goes for you too Gals. If the quote above show anything we as women need to quit judging ourselves by the skin we wear. Let your beauty radiate.

So as promised I have finished new basic croquis templates. My Wacom Tablet decided now would be the time to go on the fritz. i.e. quit working all together. So these babies are hand drawn. I had promised…. so there was no letting you down for the umpteenth time.

After posting my curvaceous croquis I got numerous requests for a back view. And Croquis Part II still remains my most read blog post. Of course revisit it if you want to know how to draw your own 10 head fashion figure. Recently Justine Limpusparish created a fabulous template showing you how to pivot your fashion figure. This will help you vary poses on the basics. And give you much more flexibility in your designs.

So I thought it only fitting that curvaceous be the first of my new and improved Basics revealed, perfect for all your plus size or curvy fashion designs. I’ve elongated her, fashion style, but this lady is still curvaceously delicious. Most people do not realize the average woman in the North America wears a size 14 and the average height is 5′ 4″. So most women would be considered plus size. That certainly is not reflected in our magazine images. However this week Canada’s first plus size magazine was released. Check out Dare– Thanks to Diana Di Poce. So without further ado here’s Curvaceous.

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I have also redone the Basic Male and Female croquis I posted earlier. Hope you get good use of them. Please share your creations. I would love to see what you design.

DCT croquis Female FB wweb

DCTcroquis Male FB wweb

This will no doubt keep you busy over the weekend. See you next week on the blog!

Blast from This Blogs Past


The Weekend Reading List


Something Extra

If you can watch this video and not want to dive in then I don’t know what to say to you. It’s just not possible. Makes me want to partially paint my croquis. hmmm…….

Maroon 5- Love Somebody

Magnetic Mannequin

So the Wooden Mannequin never worked for me as a visual reference for fashion illustration. I constantly fall back to my trusty friend the Croquis. Lately, I have been playing around with my travel design kit ideas and decided to create a magnetic croquis to use on a magnetic white board and eventually on the magnetic cutting board in my travel design kit.

Here is my latest How to project for the budding Fashion Designer.

First up you’ll need some supplies:

Magnetic Sheets

Magnetic White Board

Exacto Knife

Pencil & Pen

Croquis Image

Now the Steps:

1. First you’ll need to break out the croquis parts in sections so you can reticulate the figure. You’ll need Head, neck, Torso, Hips, Arms and Legs sectioned upper and lower, hands and feet.

I hand drew these parts directly onto the magnetic sheet using a black permanent ink marker. I will have templates you can to print out on a magnetic printer sheet (One Male, the other Female Croquis parts) soon. In the meantime you can always use my croquis templates from Croquis Part II or any croquis figure you want. I would encourage you to create a custom Croquis template and then create your own personal magnetic wardrobe consultant.


2. Next you will need to cut out the shapes.


3. Now begin to play with poses.

Here is a quick Doodle of poses for inspiration.


4. Now trace out your image.

First I tried using the dry Eraser pen. Once I had the image defined I would trace it onto paper. This would have worked if I had a white Dry Erase Board. Since mine is Purple it wouldn’t work.

Next I tried to place a piece of paper beneath my croquis parts. I found that the magnetic sheets that go into your printer are not strong enough to hold a piece of paper to the White Board. You could always try purchasing the thicker magnetic sheets available at most art supply stores or use thick cardstock and glue heavier duty magnets to the back.

It all depends on which method you want to use for transferring your pose. I just placed my paper on top of the croquis and traced the shape. Since my lines are black it still worked. I just had to be careful not to bump the pieces.

But make sure to decide which method you would prefer as this will inform how to create your own custom croquis project.


5. Last but not least Draw your Design. I chose an outfit featured in Flare Magazine May 2012 Issue ‘Beyond the Sea’ worn by model Bekah Jenkins and photographed by Chris Nicholas.

I only hope you have as much fun as I did with this project. Good Luck!