If you keep up with us on here or via our various social media accounts then you’ll know that, as part of our retail reports or within a creative consultancy project, we produce original design work. I love the days when I get to have a pencil in my hand instead of a mouse. Occasionally I share this pleasure across the team, but I must admit that I do tend to keep this job for myself!
As a fashion student I didn’t think I was particularly gifted when it came to doing the various types of fashion drawings (of which there are a few!), but over time I have developed my own style, my approach, my handwriting I guess. As I tell my design students, there is a huge difference between being a fashion designer and a fashion illustrator. Some particularly lucky folks may well be both but if you aren’t so blessed then it’s all about finding your own way to express your ideas.
I thought you might like to see my tools of the trade for the fashion flats that I produce (quite literally an interpretation of a design if was, well, laid flat). I am obsessive about the pens and pencils that I use and my selection has evolved over many years of trial and error.
The pencil should be HB, but more importantly it is sharpened with a scalpel so that I can create difference edges and effects with it. Next comes the fine-line pen, and this is always a Muji 0.38 rollerball. Actually this is the pen I use for everything, everyday. I must have a kajillion of them! After that I use a Letraset Promarker in Ice Grey 1 for shadowing, folds and softness. Then the whole thing is outlined in a Pentel ‘Sign’ pen which is fibre tipped and gives a dense, clean line. Oh, last but not least is the Pentel Micro Correct which is a brilliantly precise Tippex style white-out product to clean up any wobbles, marks or mistakes.
So there you have it, an insight into my pencil case, which is Isabel Marant of course… Perhaps I’ll share another insight with you soon about my obsession for a specific type of paper to draw on. Oh the excitement!