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Advanced Fashion Drawing, Lifestyle Illustration by Bil Donovan

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Preface and Acknowledgments

Anyone can learn to draw. Just as anyone can throw a ball, pirouette, or play a violin, anyone can make a drawing. For some, it is natural; for others, lacking natural skill, it’s a labor of love motivated by passion. I assumed I was of the former variety until, in my first semester at the Fashion Institute of Technology, New York, I was informed by a professor that I was of the latter and should rethink my artistic pursuit.

Drawing fashion had been a passion of mine since childhood and I asked what I could do to remain in the Fashion Illustration program. “Draw!” was the reply. “You will need to draw, draw, and draw. Draw everything, anything, anytime, or anyplace, just draw it.”

And I did.

I began to fill sketchbook ...

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