HomeBlogBasic Figure Drawing for Costume Designers || My Costume Rendering Process Basic Figure Drawing for Costume Designers || My Costume Rendering Process By Frank Lundy September 7, 2019 Blog 100 Comments Tags:costume design, costume designing, drawing inspiration, drawing people, drawing tips, drawing tutorial, figure drawing, figure drawing for beginners, figure drawing tutorial, historical costume, how to draw, how to draw people, inktober, period costume, period costume design, victorian, victorian dress, victorian lady Related Posts LOREN GRAY | Draw My Life Artwork Changed In English Version Of Hatsune Miku: Project Diva Future Tone Relief Printmaking Materials & Ideas : Relief Printmaking Wood Choices About Author admin 100 Comments Laurie Telgen September 8, 2019 Lovely. Thank you very much for this, Bernadette. I was just today thinking about asking you about your Costume Sketching process. Reply ronda perry September 8, 2019 beautiful Reply ONECOUNT September 8, 2019 You should publish your artwork. You could use this video for the background. The resulting work could be titled Bernadettes Companion. A lot to learn here. Reply Heather Martin September 8, 2019 Yes! Thank you for posting this video! Sewing entire wardrobe to go with 23” ball jointed doll for daughter’s bday and am giving her the patterns as well. But was not sure how to draw the figure with style of outfit & color on the envelope accompanying the patterns. Cheers! Reply TheKatyQ September 8, 2019 Beautiful work and narration! Reply Maevy Smith September 8, 2019 This is amazing, and very helpful. I draw a lot, but I am always intimidated by human figures, even though I love designing clothes. Thanks so much for this! Reply elizabeth raitanen September 8, 2019 Thank you for making this informative video. As it happens, I have only just received birthday gifts which include brushes, watercolours and watercolour paper! I am now inspired! Reply Ninjozata September 8, 2019 10:05 I really needed that,, thank you <3 Reply Sarah Herrick September 8, 2019 Lovely work! A quick note about Gouache drying "plasticy and not resettable": the Holbein tube you showed on video is actually acryla gouache, which is acrylic with mattifiers added to make it look like gouache. So it literally is plastic and therefore not resettable. Just thought I'd mention it because when I first got into gouache I had to learn that through experience 😅 Reply Terry Weisenfels September 8, 2019 I need to start supporting you on Patreon again. Can you repost the link> Reply Karen Bowler September 8, 2019 You are so right about drawing. I don't think anyone should say "I could never draw." Until they have tryed for at least 100 hours. The true talent is tenacity. Reply Erin Rabideau September 8, 2019 This was so wonderful! Truly, a little skill with drawing is essential for so many different areas of making. I am certainly inspired to do a little more sketching! Your illustrations are so lovely ❤️ Reply Victor Welkin September 8, 2019 Neat! I've never really been a fan of watercolors…but your use makes them seem like something I might be able to use in the future. Thanks! Reply eduardo wolf September 8, 2019 The only drawing tutorial I will and have watched to design cloths. My method is untouched by help videos and I hope to continue to keep it that way. This video was great though. Reply Emily Hetchler September 8, 2019 Thanks so much for this video!! I absolutely love your work and wish to incorporate some elements of it into my own art. This was so helpful! Reply Stacy Jo September 8, 2019 It was fun to see a little behind the scenes of your process! Thanks for sharing! Reply Anna Harrell September 8, 2019 I can't decide if I like your drawings or your sewing more :") Reply Fangirltothefullest September 8, 2019 As one who has just put up her costume designs for the first time in the shop, it's so satisfying to see designs made for fun instead of work, the process is so much harder when you have to get it done quickly instead of getting to enjoy it. X3 Reply Sabine Leppanen September 8, 2019 Ah, how pretty! (You can soap up a cheap brush and the masking fluid will not stick to it. Just rinse it in clean water.) Reply Morgan Nuncio September 8, 2019 I loved this! Is there a specific Pinterest board you look at for 1890s gowns? I love learning about clothes from those times, specially gowns! Reply milkamilla September 8, 2019 Just want to throw in, the cheap gouache you showed is Acryla-Gouache, which is a blend of gouache and acrylics, so it's not meant to be reactivated with water! Something to watch out for when buying. Reply Tereza K. September 8, 2019 This is so beautiful and helpful! Will you be adding this illustration to your etsy shop? I'd love to hang it on my wall next to the others ❤ Reply Breezhome 318 September 8, 2019 Are there anymore? I loved this. Reply Victoria Rose Wait September 8, 2019 I’d love to see more drawing videos on your channel! Reply Kit DuBhran September 8, 2019 Lovely picture. I have never actually designed a piece in art before making it in fabric. I’ve either worked straight from a pattern (long ago when I first started sewing clothes and was using straight from pattern to cloth out of simplicity or whatever) or I’ve taken a piece from goodwill and altered it completely to be nothing like it started life as. That started with my foray into steampunk and has hot left me. I make skirts from old cotton sheets (fabulously cheap material if I do say so myself) and take multiple panels from multiple skirts and fashion them into bustles, ruffles and corset covers. But that being said, I love your way of doing costume design and I’d like to sketch out a few prices that I can’t quite get my brain around, so that maybe they can be worked out more before I cut the skirt panels into the ruffles I want them for. I think I will do just that. Now to figure out how to draw a tartan in ruffle. 😂 Reply Shanika Jenkins September 8, 2019 this is a great video! Reply Tauthereal September 8, 2019 "that loathsome t-word" indeed. I am yet to encounter something in life that is purely talent and no skill, and frankly, I do not believe such a thing exists. Life is effort, there are no two ways about it. Reply oniria September 8, 2019 she —your latest drawing— is beautiful, bernadette, and your tartan-wearing men are ever so bright and elaborate! Reply Catherine Sutton September 8, 2019 Beautiful! Also – I think I had a diary with the same gold cover as one of your old sketch books and had a moment of squeee! Reply M. van Gestel September 8, 2019 It took me years, years I say, to reject the voice of internalised social media that every art project needs to be perfect right away. Just make the art, have the fun, perfect doesn't exist Reply Anna-May Moon September 8, 2019 An inspiring video for Sunday brunch, just what I needed to keep the rest of my day on track! Thank you for this ❤ Reply Nava September 8, 2019 Yes! Yesyesyes.. i cannot tell you how many times my parents have called my skills "talent" although it isn't! I've heard it so many times that i actually started thinking that "hey, maybe I was just lucky, maybe all of those years drawing weren't the thing that got me here" which is stupid, because a few years ago my drawings were.. i'm not sure how to explain them. You couldn't understand what i had drawn. And what angers me is that my parents saw my progress, and yet still say i was "blessed"! And whenever I try to tell them otherwise they dismiss me as "the lucky girl that is acting like she did all of the hard work even though she was just given it". And then they ask why i don't draw anymore.. Reply lina völzke September 8, 2019 Yessss! Thank you! It is not talent, I worked my butt of to draw like I do 😍🙈 Reply BobaBirb September 8, 2019 Thank you for putting into words what so, so many artists feel when they use that T word. It's like all the hard work and dedication that you've placed into a craft that you love is disregarded and chalked up to be nothing more than just some divine gift that's given out to special people. I feel like having to start somewhere or being diligent about practice brings about disappointment in a lot of folks since people tend to believe they must be good immediately in order to be a master in order to be talented or to be successful. It's a shame that there's so many skills to be learned and so many times potential wasted due to disappointment and diligence. This has unfortunately gotten rambly. Thank you again for your advice and a lovely walk through of your creative process. I absolutely adore the soft, velvety texture in your finished painting! Reply Lauren Conrad September 8, 2019 I’m a New Yorker who writes historical novels. I’ve just discovered your videos and I am obsessed. I love your thoughts on talent not being a thing. So true. I mean, even if it exists, it’s 1% of the creative process in any endeavor. The rest is old fashioned hard work. Reply violetcat12 September 8, 2019 Beautiful and inspiring. Found this fashion alphabet and thought you or your other watchers might be interested https://youtu.be/RCLGof80rOg Reply Hannah Guichard September 8, 2019 … oh man i never thought to look at dancers for pose reference! Thats an awesome sourse of insp, i think I'll try that. Posing is really hard sometimes 🤣 Reply Beejay Swifter September 8, 2019 Really enjoyed that. Thanks! Reply Pouick September 8, 2019 Very pretty. I need to work on my watercolor skills. I wish I had more hours in a day. sighAnd I still have my Caran d'Ache gouache palette from my middle school years. I still use it and it works perfectly. So… It does exists not in tubes. Check out the brand (it's Swiss), they still sell them. Reply Scullery Maid September 8, 2019 Wonderful! I so appte5tour pontification on water colors. My daughter wants to do more watercolors and I'll be buying some higher quality ones in the future. They would make a good Christmas gift. Reply DesertDaisy Marie September 8, 2019 That’s exquisite ❤️ Reply Camilla Damlund September 8, 2019 Oh thank you SO much for pointing out that drawing isn't an inherent skill! "I wish I could draw like you!" is the most infuriating negation of an artist's determination, stubbornness and sheer tenacity. That 'talent' comes from thousands of hours of practice, and isn't just something the artist is born with. Thank youuuu! Reply teri dahlin September 8, 2019 Wish I could draw like that. My dad could draw some amazing thing and my uncle Charles could paint like Vincent Van Gogh. Alas I got the sewing gene which isn’t bad. I draw with fabric needle and thread Reply Bonnie Hyden September 8, 2019 While I do not consider myself an artist…I can draw decently well enough that others have used the word to describe me. My husband has said, for the past 30 years of our marriage, that if he could draw like I do he'd never work a day in his life! Well…Ms. Bernadette, you are the ONLY other person I've heard say what I've been saying to others for YEARS…."You can draw, too! You have two eyes that work just like mine. You can see the same as I do. The only difference is the 'want to'. It just takes practice." Now, to be sure, I'm not very good at drawing people…but that's because I've not practiced such. Structures, animals…those are my passions. But, I do know that if I put my mind to it and practiced human figures…I could do them as decently as everything else. Color scares the wits out of me! …there are so many! But I have recently taken a cue from a friend who excels in ALL mediums including, believe it or not….smoke. (Look it up on YouTube…it's a thing!…and beautiful!) I have begun to play with watercolors and giving myself some grace…I'm finding I enjoy this new medium. Thank you for your kind and patient instruction, Dear Lady! I shall begin to practice and see what happens. Reply ExtraE 90 September 8, 2019 I also love masking fluid. And yes the acid in tea leaves does ruin the paper over time, sadly. However, it can be restored. It’s not as bad as like ash or like cigarettes (Jackson Pollock). Reply Becky Smith September 8, 2019 Gouache… I've seen lots of packs by different brands I'm the uk!worth considering next time you are this side of the ocean! Reply Sarah Swegle September 8, 2019 Beautiful, beyond beautiful! You are so talented 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 Reply Halina Kajfoszova September 8, 2019 Just beautiful. Thank you from the land downunder Reply Collette H September 8, 2019 Watching the figure come to life beneath your brush has inspired me to try this! My mom painted and my daughter paints. Time to draw the designs I see with my eyes closed. Thank you!! Reply Lach Lannae September 8, 2019 thank you! Reply Lunareon September 8, 2019 Down with the t-word! It's all about leveling up the skills, and that takes a whole bunch of good old grinding. Reply us here September 8, 2019 that was absolutely lovely–thank you! i am a cartoonist interested in figure drawing that informs my cartooning, and i found this extremely helpful. <3 Reply The Age of Fabulous September 8, 2019 For me, drawing is PRACTICE and seeing life as SHAPES not simply as the entire object. That is how I learned to draw and use colored pencils (my medium of choice). Reply OwlaboveCitylights September 8, 2019 I love that your figure drawing video came out the same day as the try guys trying figure drawing Reply Casey Jones September 8, 2019 Dear Bernadette, thank you for this lovely video. Not only was your work beautiful, but your comments were invaluably helpful. I have always loved and enjoyed art though I am not in art school or a creative field by nature. And I have to tell you that your comments in the end about developing talent made me cry. I've been struggling with feelings of inadequacy and failure about my skills, and your reminder helped me refocus on why I love painting and creating rather than comparing myself to others with more developed skills. Hope you have a lovely day. <3 Reply Harper September 8, 2019 Will she make an appearance on Etsy? Reply Marie Gallo September 8, 2019 Every time I think I couldn't love you more, I see a video come out from you – someone I see as INCREDIBLY talented – with the heading "There’s no such thing as talent." You are such a gift! Your humility is inspiring. Reply arufi066 September 8, 2019 Wow. I gave up drawing years ago because I was so mad at myself at not being able to just think up what to draw, rather than draw something that already exists. Your 11 minute video just blew my mind, thank you Reply Susie Carson September 8, 2019 Wow, that is gorgeous. I really appreciate the encouragement to learn to draw- I always thought it was a talent, not a skill. I recently bought some watercolors, and have been struggling to get it to look the way I want. Through this, I realized that it’s because I want the mixture of watercolor and the more opaque gouache. Maybe I will splurge on a few colors! You are amazing, and I’m so glad to have discovered your channel! Reply katphyre September 8, 2019 I would content that in any skill you will find those who do genuinely have innate talent. Mozart and Beethoven were prodigies whose natural talent was reinforced very early in life giving them a bit of a leg up over composers who studied the hard way. They could process what they heard differently; more completely than the rest of us. Art is much the same. Yes, you can learn to do it, but there are children who have something in their way of seeing the world that gives them an advantage. My daughter was two when she said to me, "Yook mom, a ephalunt." I did the usual distracted mom answer, of, "Oh good, an elephant." I and later when I had a chance to clean up after her I saw what she had drawn. It was, indeed, an elephant. In about 3 long lines she had perfectly captured the shape and dimensions of a full grown Indian elephant. By 3 she could draw in perspective. By 4 I put her in classes and that's when we counf out she can hear color. Yes, hear. All sounds have a shape and color to them and when she draws correctly it all comes out as a happy medium of sight and sound. Alas, they can't teach that in classes. But there's a dark side. She's on the Autistic spectrum. Everything beside art was hard. And as an adult, she's a bit of a recluse. But she does actually sell commissions online for a living.So yes, art can absolutely be learned. And even my daughter has about 30 sketchbooks full of quick studies or fully finished characters, because talent will only get you in the door…it can't make you an artist. But she sees the world very differently than regular people do. Like the madness of Van Gough…his view of reality was obviously a bit tortured but that's what made his art unique and irreplaceable. Reply Jennifer Elkins September 8, 2019 Aahhhh, reminds me of art and design classes back in university… Reply Nikki Vo September 8, 2019 the acryla gouache you’re holding at 7:22 is a hybrid of gouache and acrylic paint and it’s designed to dry pretty much permanently. i dunno, someone else could probably explain it better ¯_(ツ)_/¯ Edit: i should probably note that other brands do make normal non-acryla gouache of great quality. however acryla gouache is good for those who wish to work in opaque layers without wanting to reactivating the medium :7 Reply jan s September 8, 2019 You're so ta– well practiced! Reply Tessa R. September 8, 2019 The drawing is absolutely beautiful!!! Is there any chance that you might make this available on your etsy shop? Reply KazukiriMishamiota September 8, 2019 I will say that some people are more naturally creative/innovative than others, but creativity is not synonymous to TALENT. Someone can be amazingly creative and not have the skills necessary to bring their creative thoughts to life. Art of any kind, writing, music, dancing, sewing, really any innovative field or medium you can think of is something that can be learned. If you have an interest in it, do it, even if you don't think that you're particularly creative. You may find that you're wrong and that all you needed to get the ideas flowing is a way to express those ideas. Reply Perey September 8, 2019 I would love to see a whole little mini series, just on sketching/rendering/illustration Reply cheesytoast93 Gaming September 8, 2019 there are two types of gouache, acrya gouache and water based gouache. acryla gouache is more similar to acrylic paint which is why it can't be rewet and dries with a kind of plastic texture. Water based gouache is…well water based like watercolor which is why its able to be rewet after drying on a pallet. Each have their uses, I prefer watercolor and water based gouache when I paint because I like the effect and you can water down water based gouache to the opacity of watercolor if you want, it doesn't flow quite the same because the pigment and binders aren't quite the same but it can give some nice effects even without the blooming of a good watercolor. You can add ox gall (real or synthetic although synthetic doesn't work quite as well as the real stuff but is a great option for vegan or cruelty free) for better blooming effects. I added some to an ultramarine Daniel Smith watercolor once and it literally made it run across the paper, if you know anything about Daniel smith watercolors, specifically the ultramarine it granulates beautifully and blooms really well without so adding the ox gall just made it bloom nearly twice as much. Reply Mildly Cornfield September 8, 2019 Your watercolour sketches are always so beautiful! I’m glad you mentioned the ‘less is more’ approach to faces, I always get too caught up in details Reply Emily Butler September 8, 2019 your hands are amazing. <3 you are so artistic and I love it. Imso out of practice…. Reply amyinmyheart September 8, 2019 I don't really have patience for practicing drawing 😅 I just practice when I do sketches of what I want to sew next. Reply Synpax September 8, 2019 Would you sell/auction your drawings? Reply greenmoneyfairy September 8, 2019 There is two type of gouache I know of, acrylic gouache and water gouache, the acrylic one dry to be plasticity, the water is rewet-able. Maybe that is the issue? Reply Charles Francis Allen September 8, 2019 I am so remarkably pleased by the proper pronunciation of the thorn character in "ye olde pinterest". Reply Nene Johnson September 8, 2019 #drawallthebodies Reply Elizabeth Marco September 8, 2019 I LOVE your content, I'm always anticipating Saturday morning's new video. You have inspired me to begin sewing again and I am loving it. Reply Brooke Ansell September 8, 2019 THANK YOU FOR BRINGING UP THAT ART ISN'T TALENT IT IS LIKE A MUSCLE!!!! Reply Brittany Borrero September 8, 2019 Oh my goodness, those candles are just MESMERIZING, I love the way you painted/inked then! The whole piece is gorgeous!! Reply imperialphoenix September 8, 2019 "Then I just paint the clothes" as if it is that easy, Which it kinda is. I'm an artist.. and literally sometimes I have to tell myself.. to just paint something.. it's weird. Reply Kartsie September 9, 2019 I always want to outline with pens!not to do so makes me feel so bazaar! Beautiful video. Reply Jessie Richardson September 9, 2019 This is lovely, even doing theatre work, I still struggle with my cartoonish sketches, but your face advice is lovely! Reply scott thomas September 9, 2019 thanks: "Mongo" calm now and ready to sleep.Pax Christi Reply Snowfly Marie September 9, 2019 I'm doing makeup/hair design for a contest, and the part about adding only necessary details when drawing a face really helped. This video was beautiful and maybe inspired me to draw..? Reply Lauren Gilbert September 9, 2019 So I've always struggled with mentally translating what I see to the paper. Will practice help? I draw when the drive bites and I have some decent drawings so it isn't stopping me completely, just driving me mildly insane from frustration. Reply Ophelia Odyssey September 9, 2019 Those "not good quality" tubes of gouache you showed are actually acrylic gouache! So, like acrylic paint, once they dry, they are essentially plastic. They can be used like water colours if you keep in mind their ultimately acrylic nature. 🙂 Love your designs and sketches! Reply Austin Brown September 9, 2019 Wow, simply WOW. Thanks for sharing – i want to draw too! I’m starting In the morning! Reply Jenny Simmons September 9, 2019 So enjoyed your video. I don't think people realize how much practice goes into perfect. Well said and illustrated. Thank you! Reply Lindy Moore September 9, 2019 Thanks so much for this video! I was so curious on your drawing style so this little insight helped me a lot. I have been drawing for my entire life but at this point I’m slightly stuck as I do not like my own style. Might continue. Using references is very clever and I have to be reminded over and over again that that is fine. Also on your T word discussion: I think talent is not the key to be able to draw well but it might be that genetics definitely do give a little headstart on building your skill. I myself come out of family where drawing is sort of a traditional hobby. My grandfather did it, then my mother continued and absolutely independent of her I started drawing myself too. I think I had quite a good genetic base to build my skill on. But just as you said, I did need to train. For literally years. And even then you can get stuck. Reply Rebecca Hurford September 9, 2019 The T word is my pet peeve too! I hate when someone uses it looking at my architectural sketches as if I have been blessed by the Art Faeries™ when actually it's three years of technical drawing and countless hours of practice that make buildings the one thing I am good at drawing! May have to steal some of Mum's expensive tea for my next watercolour… Reply tigermoon44 September 9, 2019 So beautiful! I'm a new subscriber, looking forward to checking out more videos. Thanks for sharing! Reply Andrea Combrinck September 9, 2019 Your style is beautiful. Would you ever consider giving figure drawing classes on a platform such as skillshare? Reply Raelene Byrnes September 9, 2019 If you like Arthur RAckham then you may indeed like Aubry Beardsley…stunning pen work… Reply Katherine Danis September 9, 2019 Coat your brush with soap if you want to brush on masking fluid. That’s what I’ve always done and it really works. Amazing video! Reply Katherine Hamar September 9, 2019 This is glorious, and really makes me want to design something new… maybe after I finish the 28 current projects 😀 Reply Kay Smyth September 9, 2019 Thank for the pic framed it and hung it Kay Reply Amy Betts September 9, 2019 THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU! Skills are learned!!! As an artist, as with many artists, I HATE when people attribute my work to talent. Reply Delano Carson September 9, 2019 I have some strong phantom of the opera vibes from the stage setting in your illustration Reply Thatgirl 28 September 9, 2019 I’m doing textiles for my GCSEs and this will realy help will realy help thank you Reply Emily Rolen September 9, 2019 Is it me, or does the sketch look like Cathy Hay Reply Lanie Specht September 9, 2019 Does the masking material work on fabrics??? Asking for a friend….. Reply SakuNerai September 9, 2019 With gouache, there's actually a difference between Acrylic-based and Water-based gouache, not just pricing! The acrylic ones can not be revived once dry and can be used in situations where the weather and other conditions run the risk of ruining the paint once it's been applied. Most artists however prefer water-based gouache as it is reusable once dried on the palette and only need to be spritzed with water to maintain a fresh consistency throughout the process! The only downside is that any water that gets onto the painting might revitalize the paint and blur your work. It's not a matter necessarily or pricing, but Winsor & Newton as well as Holbein sell water-based gouache while Acryla sells acrylic-based, as noted on the tube. Definitely double check the tube for ANY mention of acrylics if you're looking for water-based paints. If it doesn't mention it, you're probably safe. Reply Add a Comment Cancel reply Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *Comment:*Name:* Email Address:* Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment.