Young Designers: At Home – Activity #4
Hey Young Designers…
Sorry I’m a bit late with this weeks Young Designers inspired activity… The Bank Holiday threw me off… But I’ve got another activity you guys can try at home this week… I’m really missing seeing all your wonderful creations so PRETTY PLEASE share them with me… You can email them to me on firstname.lastname@example.org, or share them online and tag us in the post…. I’m going to be creating an online gallery so would LOVE to have loads of submissions from you guys!!
This week I’ve got a brilliant Design challenge for you…
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Ok… so this design challenge will push you to think inventively and respond to a unique starting point. It will result in some really unusual and lovely designs, shapes and concepts which you probably would have come up with without the activity.
Start by grabbing some plain white paper and some paints. I’m using Watercolours.
You may want to place a body template underneath your piece of paper just to slightly direct where your paint goes, or you can leave this out and be really creative… do what works best for you! If you do use the template don’t cheat… try not to paint a garment, but just use it for proportions etc.
Select some paint and load up your brush then creatively splat, flick, wash colour over… don’t try and make it look like anything, just get some paint on the page.
I’d suggest doing a few different ones, then leave these to dry.
Once dry you can do the next stage… Put your template back underneath and start designing using the paint splodges / flicks and splashes as inspiration. Unusual collars, uneven hems, exaggerated peplums… go for it…
You may want to sketch in pencil first (remember press lightly) or if feeling confident, go straight in with pen…. Draw the garment(s) first then draw whatever parts of the body remain on show.
Have fun with it and show me your creations!
Photo Examples & Template:
Before (just paint) and After (with illustration) and an finished illustration using the painted design I created in the Video (as I promised) I have also included a template.