What Does Your Sketching Voice Say?

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In an earlier post on Finding Your Sketching Voice, we discussed the importance of developing your sketching style as a means of communication and in a way that is representative of your brand and of your clients.  This week, we launch Finding Your Sketching Voice – Part 2 in which we continue to explore how you can make your fashion illustrations “speak” for you.

I recently stumbled upon illustrator Catherine Pearson‘s work.  Though she is not a fashion designer, her illustrations are an excellent example of how a unique sketching voice can speak to an audience.

Pearson’s quirky, witty and humorous voice comes through loud and clear in a way that makes you feel as if you are chatting the latest news in fashion over a cappuccino. Consumers value the personal connection they feel with a fashion designer and using your sketching voice is an effective way to give your clients a peek into not only your design process, but your unique design personality as well. In Finding Your Sketching Voice – Part 2, we introduce you to famous fashion illustrators such as Ruben Toledo and Antonio Lopez.  We also teach you how to take inspiration from a tear sheet and then map, shade and render an illustration using your unique sketching style.

As with all newly learned skills, “practice makes progress.”  Our newest video is one you will revisit time and time again as you work toward developing your own sketching voice.

Header Photos:  Ruben Toledo for Vogue via pbcstyle.blogspot.com, Antonio Lopez for MAC Cosmetics via nitrolicious.com and Catherine Pearson via Vaguely Important People

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Kara Laricks is a regular contributor to the University of Fashion. She’s also a New York based women's wear and accessories designer. As the first winner of NBC's Fashion Star, Kara has designed collections for H&M, Macy's and Saks Fifth Avenue. Her masculine meets feminine line, Kara Laricks, debuted at New York Fashion Week in 2012 and her S/S 2013 collection sold exclusively at Saks Fifth Avenue. Kara's designs have been featured on the Today Show and HBO's True Blood as well as covered in Women's Wear Daily and on Style.com. Kara holds Master's degrees in both Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Kansas and in Fashion Design from the Academy of Art in San Francisco. An educator turned designer, Kara is dedicated to supporting emerging designers and inspiring others to follow where dreams lead.