On a regular evening in the student bar, I found myself in what seemed to be just another heated discussion with one of my best friends. We had just came back from a movie club night, discussing Tarantino’s ‘Pulp Fiction’. As an actor, he…
Illustrator is not exactly something unfamiliar to me but, you know, one can never stop learning. In that respect, I feel I learned something quite useful today, so that will be the theme of my next blog post – how to quickly create a CAD image of a jacket you just came up with – what I actually did.
So first of all I decided on my silhouette and found and image on WGSN, showing a jacket of similar shape, although not made of the same material, as the one I designed and that was my template for the basic sketch.
I started slowly tracing off the right part of the jacket and then reflected that shape to the left side of the canvas, using the Reflect Tool. After a while I chose a color palette and added color to the jacket, using the Live Paint Bucket. Adding a few stitches where needed made my jacket look much more complete so that is how it actually started taking a decent shape.
Working on the same file for over half an hour made me a bit tired of the colors I had used and I felt the baby blue made the jacket look really pale and soulless. That made me change my mind and I combined my indecisiveness with one of the techniques we studied in today’s lecture – creating a clipping mask to give some texture to the garment. Personally I thought that woolen sleeves would look pretty cool, and the changes I made look like that:
Having a finished jacket did not actually feel so finished which made me try to give it some life by adding shades and wrinkles. First of all, I went back to the image I had chosen at the beginning and copied it to the same layer I was currently working on.
I started tracing off the areas where the fabric was wrinkled and reflected them to the left half of the canvas – it actually looked quite nice.
Finally, after removing the template image, my illustration looked the following way:
Walking along the endless corridors of the Medjidi Tabia Fort I could smell the mould, the intoxicating scent of old fabrics, still bearing stains from the previous life they had once lived. Now everything was mixed with the feel of the soft afternoon sun, shining through the window bars and the smell of earth and stone and the one of dry grass. I spotted a sword – just like the one my sister and I used to play with when we were children. Continue reading The Innovation of Deprivation