Illustrating Intimates

Fashion illustrating vs technical design.

Design Notes: Passing on a project.

As an illustrator/designer creating sketches for intimates has been a wonderful learning experience, recently, a designer asked if I could help out a designer at her company with CADS for technical sketches. When I asked the designer to send a sketch so I could see if I could help out, she answered back that she was too busy and would back to me. When I replied that I was not interested in helping out based on her reply I received her sketch immediately. The sketch sent was an illustrated sketch on a female form front and back. The sketch was clear enough but the back detailed showcased a problem. So do I tell her her sketch does not work or do I sketch it know it cannot go through production? As a designer, creating sketches that work should be the first important component of design. I knew immediately that this designer did not know how to make a pattern. The decision to pass on the project was easy. First if a designer is too busy to reply to an easy task of sending work already created she will not be ready when the new concepts have to translate into CADS for production. Second, creating fabulous illustrations that do not translate into the final sketch makes it difficult for the technician moving the concept into production. Working in both mediums where the first sketch is on a muse is great, but as a designer if you do not translate that style with working technical issues resolved, the double work is time-consuming at best. As a designer, knowing how to see the patterns in your head should be the first component of good design especially if you are lucky enough to have someone help with your technicals.

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