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In fashion, a croquis is a quick sketch of an ensemble. These expressive fashion illustrations bring an artist’s design to life. “Whether you’re working with seamstresses, pattern makers, fabric suppliers, or sales reps, croquis can help everyone visualize what a collection will be,” explains fashion designer and creative director Lynn Doherty. So before you cut fabric and sew seams, you must solidify your ideas and create your own croquis.
"Croquis are taller and disproportionate to a human body,” says designer Saudamini Madra. The fashion model figure is exaggerated with elongated legs, arms, and neck. The average human body is about seven heads tall, but croquis often span from eight to eleven heads tall. This helps show the movement of the garment and how the clothes will drape on a person. Additionally, the details and facial features of croquis are often indistinct so the focus remains on the clothes.
While it can be helpful to use a croquis template as you’re learning to draw, don’t be afraid to explore different body shapes and poses. From there, you'll find your own signature croquis style.
Study what’s fashionable.
Just as you may look to other designers for clothing inspiration, look at other croquis drawings before you start sketching. Explore how other artists use materials and shading to capture depth and movement in their designs. And see what poses look natural. In addition to copying the poses you see in drawings, you can also reference photographs. Magazines and fashion blogs are full of photos of professional models in unique poses. Do some research and save photos to look at while you sketch.