28 March 2009

fashion evolution - first act

Continuing with my story, I would have to say that my fashion obsession started somewhere in the 5th grade when I got into the Fine Arts School. I was amazed by the fashion sketches of the high school students and I said to myself that this is what I want to do. With this came my first fashion sketch that I drew in 1999, if I remember well. I was inspired a lot by what I've seen in my school's walls.

In 2000, I started drawing them very alien-like, with big black eyes and I remember I was really afraid of coloring them. I always thought I would ruin everything. But after a while I started using colored crayons, and as I was getting better at it, I colored all my sketches from the past.

In 2001 I was developing a small obsession for the trapeze pants and those pointy shoes. It was the fashion of the times I guess. I set all sorts of themes for myself, in the clothing lines, like the elements, or the seasons, nature, science etc.

In 2002 I was already in the 8th grade, one of my class mates took my sketches and showed them to a high school girl from who was already studying fashion. She told him I had great potential and I should continue studying arts but especially fashion. Until then I always thought I would choose to study painting. But he and a good friend of mine convinced me to go with fashion. And I did.

So, in 2003 I was in high school. And the sketches above were the first fashion sketches I drew in my fashion design class. I remember the first things my teachers taught me where:
  • draw the figure on the whole page, don't leave too much blank space;
  • have courage, exaggerate, you are the creator, you have to create;
  • play with the shapes, it's OK if they don't really exist in reality;
  • change the color of her hair, or her jeans, don't be afraid to put colors.
And she was right, I didn't have to think that the clothes were going to actually be made, I was still in the creative process, I had to learn what that was before I could understand what patterns, cuts, sewing, prints and templates were. Therefore, 2003 was an experimental year. My style was changing from month to month.

[next 2004 to present]

20 March 2009

the story behind the paper

It all starts with that white rectangle I just love filling in with colour.

Now, I was thinking of posting one of my first fashion sketches ever, but then again, I really don't like my old drawings. But I kept most of them, looking back now they seem so different from year to year. Maybe in another post if I find that drawing.

Until then, I thought of telling the story of how I got my hands to draw.

I still remember the day. It was in preschool, I was like 4 or 5 years old, and every time we had art class I realised I can only draw that stupid house with trees and people made of sticks around it. Sometimes maybe a fence and a flower, depended on my mood. And there was this little girl, every kid liked her because she knew how to draw Ariel, the mermaid. I was so jealous. She had all the attention. My drawings were so silly compared to the mermaid. So... I went home, took my Disney comic books (thank you mom for buying them) and searched for the perfect character. And there she was... the sweet Cinderella. I remember that at the back of the book, there was this scene, where she was dressed in white and the prince was putting the wedding ring on her finger. It was perfect. And for months I copied that particular scene, but only Cinderella, smiling with her hand reaching out. First, I drew her with the paper on the book, copying the outlines, after that with the book near me for reference and for quite a while I knew how to draw it from my mind. I drew it so many times I knew every little dot and line. My little success! :D

The next day at 8 a.m., I was back in my classroom. I couldn't wait for the art classes to begin. As soon as they did, all the kids were around the "mermaid girl" to get a drawing, and I went there so proud of myself and asked her: "Sooo... what did you say you can draw?" ...she said: "Ariel, the mermaid". I smiled and replied: "Oh... well... I know how to draw Cinderella!!"

After that I was a "little star". But I learned to draw other characters so "my fans" won't get bored.
It still makes me laugh, thinking that I was that young and that determined.
But I haven't put down the pencils and brushes ever since, so I guess it was in me already, just waiting to come out.

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