THE DESIGN STUDIO: Sketching
The key to sketching is simple: practice.
After establishing a mood board and basic vision, sketching your ideas is the next step. Sketching is a wonderful tool to have when words are simply not descriptive enough. When completed, they can be precise, bringing the garment in mind to life with color, line, texture, and movement. Another important role sketching can serve is as a bookmark or reminder of daily inspiration as well. Sometimes, it can be easier when on-the-go to sketch out a shape, line, or cut that you think of rather than jotting notes.
To do a fashion sketch, you'll need to create croquis, which is a quick sketch of your model. There are many techniques out there, from step-by-step guides (check out wikihow for some tips) to simply finding a photograph that a model is posed in a position that you like, print it, and trace the basic form against a window. Either technique will give you a basic model form that with practice, you can recreate on your own with your own style, preferences, and poses. Again, practice is of utmost importance.
Once you have your basic figure down, it's time for the fun part: donning it with your own creations. I typically start with a a title for the piece (if I have one yet) and a brief list of details including fabric used, color, what other pieces it can be paired with, and embellishments. If possible, I also find it useful to include color samples or swatches.
Singling out particular articles of clothing to focus on is another aspect of sketching. For this, a croquis is not always necessary - especially if you are mainly wanting to focus on details such as pattern, texture, or line. I find it useful, and even therapeutic, to practice simple drawings of basic cuts, necklines, etc. just to reinforce the shapes and lines. With repetition, it can become as natural as signing your name after a Target Run that got surprisingly expensive, as usual.
Practice, patience, and perseverance are essential to lovely sketches that take the designer's ideas from their imagination, to paper, to the runway.