Sunday, 24 June 2012

Kojiro Kumagai Fashion Illustration

Since I finished for the year at university, I was kind of missing the library I had access to. It was full of some really awesome artist and photography books, some of which were obscure and no longer in print. A particular one I had read several times in there was a Fashion Illustration book by Kojiro Kumagai, and it was clearly a little old and dated however the illustration styles and techniques were amazing. I wanted to buy it for myself and i literally couldnt find it anywhere, except for one shop on the internet who wanted £70 for it, as it was so rare and out of print. However, I was unable to find that book, but I managed to find another fashion illustration book by the same artist...
Cute cover with a nice kitty on the front :) Its called Fashion Illustrations: Ladies, Men and Children. It was very similar to the other book by the same artist, except the book I had fallen in love with at the library had more cutsey childrens illustration, whereas this book was more focused on adult fashion. I managed to find this book on Amazon, and it wasnt that expensive at all, however its clearly an old book thats no longer in print, as it was a little bit creased but nonethless in good condition.
The book had alot of pages varying in black and white and colour illustrations. Some of the styles were quite manga - esque, whereas others were a bit more classic fashion illustration you generally see...
Lovely 80s fashion going on haha...the book really is a little dated! However the drawing and colouring technique is so good...refined and smooth brushstrokes..
And some cute childrens fashion illustration too! His style of drawing characters varies so much, however this kind of style is what I really like about the work...makes me miss the childrens illustration book he did rather alot :(
Aside from pretty pictures, the artist offers some simple techniques on drawing faces, such as facial proportion, lips, eyes, noses etc.
There were also some nudes mum saw me looking at this over my shoulder and was like wtf are you looking at -_- But seriously nudes are quite an important part of fashion illustration! Even animation degrees make it compulsory that you take part in life drawing classes (where you draw nudey ladies).
some cuteee fashion portraits...
He also shows the steps it takes to create the fashion illustration such as using images of models in the clothes as reference, then drawing in pencil step by step. Then he uses layers of watercolour paint to build up the print on the dress and the detail of the model...
Really love this portrait drawing...even if it looks like 1986.
Aside from using lots of watercolour, he makes use of fine liners and coloured markers to create varying strokes and detail. I quite like this effect, I think it depends on the material or the outfit you are drawing up to a point though.
This piece used a combination of white pencil and paint to create highlights on top of airbrushed colour....I've never had the opportunity to do any airbrush illustration myself, although I can imagine its difficult and probably a little expensive to buy all the gear.
And some more cute finished illustrations :) so pretty. I wish I had made them.
On a slightly less artistic note, this is the artist ...seems kinda weird that hes a guy. And possibly the weirder fact is that his official portrait is of him smoking a cigarette. Noicee.


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