Monthly Archives: January 2012

Fashion 101: Rendering Prints


What is a Croquis?

Croquis are fashion illustrations that represent your target customer. You visualize this person in enough detail to “style” them to life in illustrations. The meat of your market, they’re fleshed out through demographic research on ethnicity, income, culture, location, age, and gender. A fashion illustration is an informational drawing, or blueprint that the designer/company will send to the manufacturer  to produce the garments.

The purpose of prints

Your portfolio tells the story of who the customer is, and where she’s going. Regardless of your preference, it’s a great idea to demonstrate versatility by the simple use of prints. Your little ladies are the secret to your success as long as you’ve got all the garment information intact.

How To Render Prints

Step 1

According to “Illustrating Fashion Concept To Creation” by Steven Stipleman, “When you add tones you begin to render.” Choose a skin tone for your croquis. Using a marker or pencil, fill in the exposed skin. Usually the face, hands, arms, neck, legs and feet.

Step 2

Using a #2 pencil, sketch the garment on the body of the croquis. Using a marker, fill in the background color of the desired print on the garment.

Step 3

Draw the basic motifs of the print directly on the garment, using a pencil. If polka dots are your print, draw polka dots onto the garment. Consider using 2-3 different size motifs for visual appeal.

Step 4

Using a light gray marker or pencil lightly add shadows and folds to the appropriate areas. These areas are anywhere you can put 2 fingers. This includes lapels and buttons, underneath breasts, crease of elbow, knee area, or underneath areas that are poking out. Whenever something covers something a shadow also occurs. In a jacket and skirt set, the shadows fall on the skirt under the jacket. Shade by laying the pencil tip on it’s side, lightly pressing down and applying loose light strokes.

Step 5

Using a black fine tip marker or pencil to add design details: buttons, zippers, top stitching, seams, darts, and so on. Put a face and hairstyle on your croquis, take one last look, and add the accessories: shoes, make up, jewelry, hats, bags, sunglasses, and so on. She should look like she has a specific destination, and whoever sees her should instantly know where she’s going!

Skill Level


Fabric swatches with print
Fashion sketches
Colored pencils
Colored markers

Consider using a fashion figure template if your croquis aren’t up to par.
Double check your design details.
Consider trying the process a few times before presenting to a client.
Check the garment for every design element.
If  you’re Adobe Illustrator savvy, scan sketches into computer and touch up in Illustrator.

Save all your sketches to be usd as references and templates for future designs.

Missing design details means more cost for the designer because the garment won’t be correctly produced.

You may have to try this more than once to get the look you desire.


Illustrating Fashion Concept To Creation, Steven Stipleman, 2005

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DIY Urban Couture Jewelry


Hip-Hop embodies all that is ethnic and graphic. The genre appears materialistic on the surface to some, but roots are deeply implanted in traditional styles and sounds. You can consider it “cultural authentication” through music. Jewelry, tattoos, make-up and even hairdos like the mohawk are all inspired by tribal influences and indigenous people. Transcending cultural norms into fashion is what “Urban Couture” is all about. A balance of bling and nature, soft and hard, shiny and dull; strengthen the fabric of the hip hop reality. One where the urban couture diva rocks, jewel encrusted leather pieces. (Traditionally jewelry speaks to status, so feel free to bling this piece out. )


*Try a tribal pattern as inspiration.

*You can get jazzy on a flat leather surface(ring/earrings/bracelet) as opposed to a braided base(necklace).

*While applying the rhinestones pay close attention to the pattern. People tend to zoom in on what is on your hands and ears, make it mesmerize, not cause a migraine.

*The ring and earrings are simple. Once complete, the bracelet and necklace will not seem like such a challenge.

Supplies: Plain sterling silver band and flat stud earrings, swarovski rhinestones, leather, leather glue, leather needle, ruler/tape, white marking pencil, scissors, hammer and sandpaper.

Ring and Earrings: Draw three 1 inch rectangles on the leather. Cut them out and spot glue one on the ring, one on each earring, evenly covering the flat part. Draw two more triangles on the leather, three inches on each side and cut them out. Draw one more triangle on the leather, 1 inch one each side, and cut out. Using sand paper lightly scrape the surface and spot glue to add the rhinestones.

Bracelet: Using the ruler as a guide, draw a 9×3 inch rectangle on the leather with a white marking pencil. Measure (lengthwise) 1 inch from the left and draw a parallel line. Repeat on the right side and cut out the rectangle. Add straps, snaps, zippers, more leather strips, or ties for closure on each end. What’s cool is you have the option to adjust the width and length to your liking. Bling and other design details are at your discretion.

Necklace: Using the ruler as a guide draw a 21×3 inch rectangle on the leather. Divide the rectangle horizontally into 1/3’s and mark it with the white pencil. Use sand paper to lightly scrape the leather surface and horizontally cut the strips until you’re 1/2 inch from the opposite end. Make a loose leather braid and secure on the ends with a spot of glue. Beat the braid with a hammer at last twenty times, or until you flatten it as mush as desired. Once it dries spot glue the scratched surface and add the rhinestones or design detailing of your choice. Glue the two ends together and hammer the closed end flat.

You’re “red carpet ready”! Stay tuned,MUAH  aaand scene.

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Black Hair Care: How To Grow Your Hair Out For 2012

Black Hair Care: How To Grow Your Hair Out For 2012

Hair reflects how your body feels, from the inside out. Diet, lifestyle habits and healthy maintenance all contribute to it’s luciousness. You’ve been tying to grow your hair out, but first it has to get healthy and the length will come later. You can’t just eat candy and drink soda, and think everything’s going to be all good. It takes a whole routine to get it growing.

Step 1

Hydration is  medication for the body; AGUA!!! Drink lots of water. Your locks grow from the inside out, so a healthy diet plays a big part in the process. Add more protein like eggs, beans and yogurt to your regimen. When you cut back on caffeine and smoking, you really mean business.

Step 2

Introduce vitamins and herbs into your life. The following all contribute to hair growth: B, E, C, beta carotene, silica and nettle. To combat thinning and breakage try hair vitamins.

Step 3

Switch to a soap nut shampoo or all-natural homemade shampoo and add an egg to give it a protein boost. Condition your hair on a regular basis, adding plain yogurt for extra moisturization. Saturate it, you can never over-condition. Then find a leave-in conditioner you can use between shampoos. Use a hot oil treatment at least biweekly; moisture is the key to combatting dry, brittle hair.

Step 4

Go natural. Stay away from chemicals during the growth process. Keep the use of any heat on your hair to a minimum. If you have to curl, flat iron or blow dry, use protective styling products and rock roller sets.

Step 5

Get a trim one a month to keep your hair healthy and promote growth.

Supply List:
  • Vitamins B, E and C
  • Strengthening and restorative conditioner
  • Eggs
  • Beans
  • Yogurt
  • Flaxseed oil
  • Hot oil treatment
  • Leave-in conditioner
Just a thought:
  • Massage the scalp with flaxseed oil or vitamin E oil.
  • Pantene: Hair Growth Myths []
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2012: Evolution, Revolution

2012: Evolution, Revolution

Face it, there is an underlying fear of change in the air. This year was full of  changes. The face of the planet changed, people changed their minds alot,  forced to change jobs, political parties, churches, husbands, and houses. The rate of change has been too rapid for some; epic and unforgiving as the megastorms which have become such the norm. It’s an element within the process of progress that can’t be avoided. If it is, the very “thing” you believe you’re saving by denying changes, eventually expires. It’s a part of evolution, adaptation for survival.

There’s no logical reason to believe that seeds planted from ideals or solutions from 50-1000 years ago will bear viable fruit here and now. And yes, core values and traditions strengthen the fabric of humanity, but the facilitators that reinterpret them get it twisted and dismember communities like tornadoes. But the evolution has been exasperating. It’s uplifting to see so many around the world become an agent of change and take action. People can’t think straight when they’re starving and denied basic human rights and necessities. They evolved from a supporter of their governments and leaders built on trust, to guerillas or civil revolutionaries. So you witnessed new governments emerge in countries whose constituents have existed in oppressive environments for 10 generations or more. Finally amassing enough strategy and power to take control of their futures and establish a new platform for the future…FREEDOM

So why do so many people believe it’s the end? Is it that we’re about to have a Black man running the most powerful country in the world for four more years? Because you know that scares some people,  even if they don’t ever speak it out loud. Is it the money crisis, global warming, nuclear war, famine, or terrorism? There are just too many scenarios to count.

To ease your mind a bit consider this; the old world may be over. A world of over-indulgence of material things, sex, food, and just personal gratification and selfishness. It’s a good thing that in this new 2012 people who have been living with a foot on their neck their whole life can try to build a new one without that pressure. It’s a new world when leaders that have ruled 20 plus years have fallen at the hands of those they have oppressed. It’s a new day when women all over the world are in major leadership roles and tackling global issues on every government level in the world.

There ‘s a bright future out there. You can’t let the negative static determine your train of thought. The doomdayers and naysayers make more money when there’s panic and unproductive chaos. The good news gets no press, to keep you feeling like there’s no hope out there. We’re evolving as a human race,  which feels like war to those grasping at the last straws of the “old”. As long as you make it a war of the minds, play the game to win with the right strategy, rooted in social justice and spiritual balance  you’ll end up with a productive, peaceful, loving society. Stop stifling the good changes. 2012, this Brave New World may be just what you’ve been waiting  for; the revolution is here and it’s going viral…stay tuned,MUAH aaand scene.

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