Throughout history, fashion illustrators have used their skills to capture clothes, from some of the most fabulous outfits to everyday street style. Using, colour, texture and line, fashion illustrators capture not only the look but the feel of an outfit. Throughout this course, internationally renowned artist and illustrator Erin Petson, will introduce you to the skills and techniques used in hand-drawn fashion illustration.
Each week we will cover a different aspect of the topic, from drawing faces and body shapes to experimenting with textures, colours and backgrounds. You will work with a variety of materials including inks, paints and pastels, uncovering your confidence to develop your unique style.
Each week you will build on developing your skills during live tutorials with Erin. These sessions are complemented by specially commissioned videos, showcasing the techniques used in creating beautiful illustrations. Using the Teams environment, you will have the opportunity to share your work for individual tutor feedback and with the rest of the class, in our ‘open studio’, you can ask for guidance, or get to know your classmates better. Each session is recorded so you can re-watch or catch up whenever you have the time.
What’s more, our weekly Spotlight Sessions will give you an insight into the history and context of fashion illustration from the V&A’s magnificent collections and beyond.
Note: There are two weekly tutorial slots available. Click ‘Book Now’ to book onto the Sunday morning session. Alternatively, you can book onto the Saturday morning session via the Online Courses page.
Materials are not included. You will receive a short list of readily available materials to purchase prior to the start of the course.
British artist and illustrator Erin Petson has achieved international acclaim with her immediately recognisable artworks. Erin works at the cutting edge of traditional and mixed media. Her work has been exhibited widely, and clients include Elle, Marie Claire and Selfridges. The V&A hold 50 pieces of her original drawings for their archive.