Rediscovering SketchingWritten on January 18th, 2024 by Pearl Ryder
- Using the custom croquis tool forces me to go more slowly and be more deliberate when I’m sketching.
- Sometimes I like to be fast and loose! I’ll still sketch wild looking, elephant garments* when that’s where I’m at. But now I have another option. *see below
- Both my watercolor workbook and Brooks Ann’s process emphasize warm ups to get into the creative mindset. And the warm-ups feel so relaxing and loosening.
Sketching out clothes I want to wear / sew isn’t new to me, but I’ve never used a custom croquis tool to sketch clothes relative to my particular shape before. (I was aware of these custom croquis tools thanks to Social Sewists of Wardrobe Social/Jennifer Wiese, but I hadn’t tried it yet.) I like the loose and free feeling of my unstructured sketches:
But sometimes the sketches look more like animals than clothes:
And so I was excited to try out the custom croquis method. It was easier and faster to do than I expected. I took lots of undies images using my nifty new bluetooth smartphone camera remote (it cost $7 and makes self photos SO much easier - glad I have it now, wish I’d gotten it sooner) and picked one to start. I airdropped it to my laptop, cropped, printed, and within a few minutes I was sketching my body outline and letting the ideas flow:
For the first few sketches, I just drew whatever was in my head. I had spent 10 minutes on Pinterest saving whatever skirt images caught my eye earlier that day, but I wasn’t looking at those images for the first few sketches:
I know that I will make something simple and fitted through the waist/hips for my first design, but I’m also enjoying the freedom of sketching whatever comes into my head.
That’s what I’ve sketched so far. I find it very relaxing to sit down with my picture, trace off my image, and make an idea physical. As a side practice, I’ve also been working with this Watercolor Workbook by Sarah Simon. I typically spend about 30 minutes with this book after our toddler goes to bed. It’s providing much needed quiet time after our little whirlwind slows down.
I don’t really have any goals for the watercolors other than to play with color and have some quiet time.