How to Draw and Paint Fashions by Viola French for Walter Foster Publications circa 1965
PRACTICE ON YOUR OWN FREE TIME. DRAW AND REDRAW. ONLY BY PRACTICE CAN YOU IMPROVE. VIOLA FRENCH
Nothing's more fun than a vintage drawing book - not only for its practical instruction but also for its visually captivating retro illustrations. This one, How to Draw and Paint Fashions was written by Viola French for the art book publisher Walter T. Foster, who just celebrated 100 years in business in 2022.
There might not be any apron studies in this issue, but there is plenty of instruction on how to make sure you get your forms and figures down right so that you can create a whole vintage kitchen wardrobe if you like. That's the joy of drawing using Viola's expert guidance.
Viola was a marvelously talented artist/illustrator who grew up in Kentucky in the late 1800s. She moved westward to California during the Jazz Age, and that's where her artistic career really took off. In this how-to-draw book, first published in the 1950s, she teaches sketch artists and painters how to easily replicate her style when it comes to creating engaging fashion designs.
No topic is left undiscussed. From illustrating folds in a mink coat to detailing the textured fabric of a tweed sample swatch to highlighting the graceful lines of a gloved hand, Viola makes sure you understand your model layer by layer.
This book will show you how to best illustrate your ideas so that they come across simply and stylishly. It covers all aspects of figure drawing from overall body shape to specific areas involving the head, face, and hands. While primarily focusing on the adult woman, there are a few pages that highlight kids' fashions and body shapes, and numerous pages on various poses for dynamic visual interest.
The large over-sized format with easy-to-flip pages, makes it easy to spread out on the kitchen table or counter and get to work with all your paints and pencils and pads of paper. And if you aren't an artist but a fashion maven instead, perhaps you'd like to frame some of the pages for your wall or display this book on your coffee table as a conversation piece.
- Later printing (1965) of the original 1950s edition
- Large size
- Colorful front and back cover
- 37 pages
In wonderful vintage condition. The front and back covers are bright and colorful. The interior pages are clean and free of notations and marks. The book is bound by two staples. All pages are secure.
Measures 10.25" inches (width) x 13.75" inches (length)
Pair this book with a vintage sewing book and watch all your design ideas come to life from beginning to end!