A must have fashion illustration book.
This past week, I was finally able to have a long overdue date at the Omelle design studio with a past teacher and good friend, Nancy Riegelman. Nancy helped me through my knitwear fashion studies teaching me how to technically draw the fashion croquis. 100 or more croquis illustrations later, Cherise and I had the opportunity of studying with her during our advanced footwear training.
You’re probably wondering why I thought Nancy deserved her own shoetale? I absolutely had to share her two published books with you. They are rich resources for any aspiring artist, illustrator or fashion designer. 9 HEADS covers the basis of how to jump into fashion illustration and technical flats. Colors for Modern Fashion dives into fashion illustration with markers and color, touching deeply on how to render textures and textiles. This is probably one of my favorite art books and has been one of the most useful tools developing my drawing skills to date. The above shoe drawing is something I did for the Omelle spring/summer 2009 collection, and it was all possible from lots of practice and the help of this book!
Our date with Nancy was a pleasure, to no surprise, and I highly recommend you all go out and get her books! If you are not an artist or do not like to draw, Colors for Modern Fashion is such a beautifully designed book with gorgeous fashion illustrations – you can’t go wrong leaving it out on your coffee table. As for Nancy, you can find her teaching at FIDM or Art Center here in California, and you can expect to see a lot of interesting work coming from her in the future. Her fine artwork is just as intriguing as her fashion skills and Nancy’s gallery show last year was inspired by breath. She will be showing again in January of 2009, and mentioned tongues and bright pink, something I know I wouldn’t want to miss!!!