26) Fashion Design: Drawing (Basics)

This course will enable participants to create fashion illustrations using a variety of media and techniques, in order to communicate design ideas. Participants will also be introduced to diverse fashion drawing styles and fashion illustrators. Through a combination of lecture, demonstration, and studio time, this course will provide an opportunity of composing fashion artworks, in a way that reflects cohesive design ideas. 

Class Outline

  1. Brief introduction to creative fashion design processes, the role of fashion illustration, major materials, and basic techniques: begin with fashion figure proportions (lines, values, and fabric folds)
  2. Draw fashion figures with sketching guidelines for various poses (observational drawing)
  3. Sketch garments, covering various styles and design details (perspective: 20-min sketches).
  4. Introduction to Gouache painting and basic rendering techniques (color theory and fabric choices)
  5. Brief introduction to a cohesive collection development (Project I)
  6. Project I to be continued: preliminary sketches
  7. Project I: complete a lookbook using mixed media, corresponding to the chosen theme
  8. Discuss layout, sketchbook activities, and the final collection critique

Please note: VCUQatar reserves the right to cancel classes for which not enough participants are registered. Already paid fees will be refunded.

Please do not purchase materials until VCUQatar has sent final course confirmation.

Items to buy for this class

Participants are required to buy their own materials beforehand and bring them to every class.

Week 1:

  • 1 A3 sketch pad for rough sketching
  • Pencils of 2B and 4B and 1 artist eraser
  • 1 ruler of about 18 inches
  • 1 pad of tracing paper in A3 (preferred). If not, A4 is fine
  • 1 pencil sharpener


Week 2:

  • Set of black fine liner pens 0.1, 0.3, 0.5, 0.7 (waterproof)

Week 3:

  • Set of colored pencils (at least 12 colors)

Week 4:

  • Set of artist quality Gouache paints (recommend Winsor & Newton)
  • 1 A3 watercolor paper pad or multi-purpose paper pad (both wet and dry medium)
  • 1 roll of masking tape
  • Ceramic or plastic pallet with wells
  • Two water containers with a lid if possible
  • Set of brushes (suitable for Gouache and watercolor)

Watercolor Brushes: No.12 or No.14 synthetic round, 1- or 2-inch flat (a large hake), No. 2 or No.4 flat synthetic with stiff bristles for scrubbing, as well as a rigger or one of No.2 or No.4 synthetic round

Week 5:

  • A3 Bristol paper or A3 illustration board (optional)
  • Basic color markers (optional)

Week 6:

  • 1 A2 newsprint paper pad for marker sketching
  • 1 black marker with chisel tip and brush (for example, Sharpie or Promarker)

Charcoal pencils and black ink (Optional)

On occasions, there may be some more materials to be bought and brought in if and when advised by the instructor.

Where to buy your materials

Most of the materials are available from any art supply shop, for example:

  • Cass Art (Fire station): Community Classes students get a 15% discount upon presenting the registration ticket
  • Jarir Bookstore: on Rayyan Road or Salwa Road
  • Color Note: on Al Nasser Street
  • Ibn Al Qayyim: at Markhiya Roundabout
  • Al Rawnaq

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Terms & Conditions apply

Participants must buy their own materials

Tue, 21 Jan, 2020
Tue, 10 Mar, 2020
5:30 PM- 8:30 PM
VCUart Qatar
QAR 1500


Yang Soon Ju

Yang Soon Ju is an interdisciplinary designer and entrepreneur with a Masters of Fine Art degree, in Design Studies and a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Fashion Design, minoring in Art History, from Virginia Commonwealth University in Qatar (VCUarts Qatar).

Besides her design practices, she has more than ten years of experience in watercolor painting, drawing, oil painting, and fashion illustration. She worked for the Hazawi project by Doha Film Institute, the Mshreib project with Tim Makower, and the Sidra uniform project with VCUQatar (VCUarts Qatar now).  Her entrepreneurial positions in Korea, Singapore, Thailand, and Qatar span two decades, ranging from founding an English-speaking school; textile trading; and designing/producing household items and specialty clothing, as well as marketing those products, to consulting in financial auditing/ bookkeeping and business management. In addition to her entrepreneurial experiences, she has various teaching careers as an applied scientist, artist, and designer, in several places including VCUartsQatar for both community/continuing education and fashion design departments.

Her specialties include:
Garment construction; fashion drawing including sketches, fashion illustration, and technical drawing both by computer or by hand; digital jewelry using Adobe Illustrator, laser cutters, Rhino, and 3D printers; and creating surface design for textiles using digital tools: Microsoft Suite, Adobe Illustrator, and Photoshop & InDesign.