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Fashion Illustration: Inspiration and Technique [Paperback]

Anna Kiper
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Book Description

March 1 2011
Drawing is vitally important for the fashion industry. Fashion Illustration represents a designer's point of view and Anna Kiper's aim is to contribute to the revival of this unique art form. Every illustration lesson in the book presents a story with exciting design details and ideas to inspire designers to rediscover the art of hand drawing as a tool for creating vibrant and original work. 'A hand drawing creates a direct connection to the artist, expressing the individual style, energy and creativity' - from Anna Kiper's introduction. Written for both newcomers and improvers, Fashion Illustration will help you to: achieve movement and attitude in figure drawing by following a few simple steps; develop striking and energetic page compositions; explore effortless ways to illustrate print, textures and embellishments; discover an exciting variety of media and techniques to enrich your individual drawing style. This beautifully illustrated and inspirational book is written by Anna Kiper, one of the world's leading fashion designers and illustrators. Contents: Introduction, The Fashion Figure, The Figure in Detail, Faces, Arms & Hands, Legs & Feet, Dressing the Fashion figure, Fashion Dictionary, Fashion Flats, Accessories, Page Composition with Impact, Illustrating Men, Illustrating Children, Fabric Rendering Techniques, Exploring Media, Model Drawing, Inspiration, Mood, Design.

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Anna Kiper has been a technical designers, forecaster, illustrator, couture designer and professor of fashion. She has worked at both Calvin Klein and Mondi, and now designs for Maggie Norris Couture. She also carries a full teaching schedule at Parson's and FIT in New York, where she lives.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Golden Fleece in Sheep's Clothing June 25 2013
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Ms. Kiper's opus is not a how-to for wannabees as likely to be assumed from its presentation. It is a folio of the finest art for appreciation by connoisseurs, and a beacon lighting the way of aspiring genius to Studio City, Manhattan, London, Paris, Milan, Berlin, Budapest, St. Petersburg (name liable to be changed without notice) Shanghai, and Tokyo.

By the time a student decides to illustrate fashions, one should be able to render figures and drapery with professional competence, so a guide to this specialty is not the place for a primer on drawing and painting. The dozen pp Ms. Kiper allots to basics show how the fashion figure and poses differ from classic life study. She goes on for a couple dozen pp showing how the construction of garments is drawn as "flats" for the pattern makers; I bought the book for these pages. The rest of the book shows how she renders fabrics, patterns, textures, and accessories in exquisite detail with a variety of paints and tools, from watercolour to crayon, pencil, sponge, sandpaper, toothbrush, collage --- everything in the kitchen including the food.

At first sight, these illustrations look like spilled paint and burnt toast in a teenager's bedroom, but examination sees the lines defining the figures drawn with the precision of a surgeon's scalpel, the facial features express more mood than live models, the materials seem palpable, and the construction photographically detailed. A consummation of the Grand Style, these illustrations are free as Matisse, colourful as Gauguin, true as Lautrec, and original as Van Gogh. Ms. Kiper dresses the stars, and her art is exhibited in museums.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great product Sept. 8 2013
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It's perfect! I use it regularly and I enjoy seeing the different pose positions and various options that can be used. Recommend it.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars July 30 2014
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I like the book, easy to read and understand
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5.0 out of 5 stars LOVE THIS BOOK! Feb. 8 2011
By Joseph Singh - Published on Amazon.com
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Anna Kiper was my first Semester Concepts teacher at Parsons The New School for Design in New York. Her illustrations are amazing. What i love about her book is that is shows marker rendering against painting, she makes them look identical. Also, fabric rendering techniques are amazing, really influenced me as a designer. I love her!
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3.0 out of 5 stars GOOD but NOT FOR BEGINNER Jan. 2 2012
By Scott S. - Published on Amazon.com
Although Anna Kiper is a very talented illustrator and shows very good techniques in her book, I have to say this book is not intended for beginner or anyone who doesn't have much experience in fashion drawing. I like the illustration in the book for the most part. I wished there is more instruction on how to do the techniques step by step instead of showing us all the finished drawing. It's a good book for someone who likes to collect books.
18 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars LOVE THIS BOOK!!! April 14 2011
By E. Rafailov - Published on Amazon.com
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I have never seen an illustration book as beautiful as this one and the bonus is the price tag. Anna Kiper is very talented and looking through the book is an absolute delight. If you are an aspiring fashion illustrator or a fashion designer this book is a treat, the most important part is that she makes it so much easier to illustrate difficult things and make them look realistic. Who would think to use a sand paper to create a perfect tweed texture, or use an actual tulle to illustrate one in seconds? Well, she has million of shortcuts like these.

Anna Kiper is my art and design professor at FIT in New York, NY and this book is an exact material that we learn in class, so if you don't have the time to attend her classes, this is the best next thing.

14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I LOVE THIS BOOK! Feb. 20 2011
By femihan Elkadi - Published on Amazon.com
What a great way to learn rendering! Anna Kiper provides modern day techniques to make beginners learn fashion art with style. Her book is comprehensive and a work of art in itself! I would recommend this book to any one interested in learning about fashion illustration! Great buy!
9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Illustration book and very inspiring!! Feb. 17 2012
By Y. Salcedo - Published on Amazon.com
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This is what Fashion illustration books should be like, inspirational, this book is truly inspirational. Doesn't just teach you simple techniques on how to draw figures but also has amazing and colorful illustrations that just makes you want to seat and start drawing. I love her mix of colors and her soft hand drawings, but more than anything I like the way she play with colors and the mix of media to create textures. I am not sure if this book will be good for a beginner, I am experienced fashion designer and just wanted to brush on my skills because I am updating my portfolio and I haven't being drawing by hand much except always in the computer. But this book takes you straight to the point, kind of assuming you already have some fashion figure background. On the fabric rendering session she just briefly explain what medium she uses but doesn't takes you step by step with demonstrations. But I guess for the price of this book it is well worth it to buy anyway, for any aspiring fashion designer to have for inspiration.

The figure drawing session and flats session as well as dressing the figure I think has a good step by step tutorial. Overall I love this book I am glad I bought it. I wish this book came with DVD showing the author demonstrating drawing and doing some color illustrations, and the use of her different medias to do her illustrations, as well as her great fabric and color rendering, I wouldn't mind paying double. I believe the best part of this book are the color illustrations, even with not so much tutorial on how to do it. I hope that in the future she expands this book in to more color illustrations and fabric color rendering.
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