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Character Costume Figure Drawing, 3rd Edition

Book Description

Character Costume Figure Drawing is an essential guide that will improve your drawing skills and costume renderings. Step-by-step visuals illustrate the how-tos of drawing body parts, costumes, accessories, faces, children, and different character archetypes, such as maternal, elderly, sassy, sexy, and evil. By focusing on the foundations of drawing bodies, including body proportion, bone structure, body masses, facial expressions, and appendages, this guide shows you how to develop sketches from stick figures to full-blown characters.

The third edition features a new chapter, Digital Mixed Media Costume Rendering. This chapter introduces the basic usages of Photoshop tools to enhance and improve costume designs, in order to provide easy delivery design ideas to the director and design team, provide easy changes and alterations during the design process, virtually apply actual fabric swatches over costume sketches, and help visualize lighting effects.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
  2. Half Title
  3. Title Page
  4. Copyright Page
  5. Table of Contents
  6. Foreword
  7. Preface
  8. Acknowledgments
  9. Introduction
    1. What Makes a Good Theatrical Costume Designer?
    2. The Importance of Personality and Body Language
    3. Philosophy for Drawing
  10. Chapter 1 Drawing the Figure
    1. Proportions of the Body
    2. The Basic Bone Structure of the Body
      1. The Joints of the Body
      2. The Head, Chest, and Pelvis
      3. The Relationships between the Limbs and Body Masses
    3. The Balance of the Body
      1. Weight on Both Legs
      2. Weight on One Leg
      3. The Body Leaning on an Object
    4. Figures in Action
      1. Abstract Stick Figures in Action
      2. Contouring the Stick Figure
      3. Contouring the Stick Figure from Head to Feet
    5. Figures in Dance
    6. Figure Poses Change through Time and Fashion
    7. Garments and Textures in Relation to the Body in Action
  11. Chapter 2 Creating the Face
    1. Proportions of the Face—Front, Profile, and Three-Quarter Views
      1. Step One: Establish the Head as an Abstract Form or Mass
      2. Step Two: Block in the Features
      3. Step Three: Contour the Features
    2. Types and Characteristics of Faces
    3. Facial Expressions
      1. How Can Proper Facial Expression Be Achieved?
      2. Emotions
    4. Positioning the Head and Neck and Directing the Eyesight
  12. Chapter 3 Figure and Facial Variations
    1. Characteristics of Different Age Groups
      1. Children’s Faces and Body Types
      2. Teenagers’ Faces and Body Types
      3. Youths’ Faces and Body Types
      4. Middle-Aged Faces and Body Types
      5. Elderly Faces and Body Types
    2. Characteristics of Different Figure Types
      1. Heavy Body Types
      2. Thin, Tall, or Short Body Types
  13. Chapter 4 Hands, Feet, and Accessories
    1. Heads and Hats
    2. Hands, Gloves, and Props
      1. Hand Proportions
      2. Relationship Angle between Hand and Wrist
    3. Feet and Shoes
  14. Chapter 5 Character Costume Design Creation
    1. What Is the Best Way to Begin?
    2. Proportion, Action, and Movement
    3. What Is the Figure Doing Beneath the Garments?
    4. Detailed Costumes
      1. Outlining the Garment
      2. The Details
  15. Chapter 6 Rendering Techniques
    1. Creating Highlights and Shadows
    2. Characteristics of Materials and Drawing Strokes
    3. Painting Costumes
      1. Painting from Light to Dark
      2. Rendering Sheer Material
      3. Painting from Dark to Light
      4. Painting with Markers
      5. Creating Texture
    4. Creating a Pinstriped Suit and Plaid Dress
    5. Creating Rough-Texture Fabrics
      1. Painting the Head and Face
    6. Decorating the Background of the Costume Design
    7. Drawing Supplies
  16. Chapter 7 Character Costume Figures in Style
    1. Sketches and Renderings
    2. Constructing Character Costume Figures in Musical Productions
      1. Creating Character Costume Figures for the Musical The Most Happy Fella
      2. Character Costume Figures for the Musical The Boy Friend
      3. Character Costume Figures for the Musical Leader of The Pack
      4. Character Costume Figures for the Musicals Once on This Island and Pippin
      5. Character Costume Figures for the Musical Pippin
    3. Character Costume Figures for a Drama/Tragedy
      1. Character Figures for The Visit
      2. Character Figures for Marisol
    4. Character Costume Figures for a Comedy/Farce
      1. Character Figures for The Learned Ladies
    5. Character Costume Figures for Children’s Plays
      1. Character Costume Figures for Just So
      2. Character Costume Figures for The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe
  17. Chapter 8 Digital Mixed Media Costume Rendering
    1. Introduction
    2. Basic Functions of Painting Tools in Photoshop
    3. Choose and Create Painting Brushes
      1. Create Beads/Pearl and Sequins Brushes
      2. Create Fur Brush
      3. Create Feather Boa Brush
      4. Create a Lace Brush Tip and Seamless Pattern Fill
    4. Process of Painting a Costume Sketch
      1. Step One: Scan or Import Sketch
      2. Step Two: Check and Close Any Broken Sketching Lines
      3. Step Three: Paint on Layers
    5. More Design Samples of Using the Paint Bucket Fill on Costume Renderings
      1. Step One: Enlarge the Chest
      2. Step Two: Pinch the Waist
      3. Step Three: Erase the Mustache and Add Background
    6. Adopt Actor’s Headshot into Costume Character Sketch
    7. Apply and Manipulate a Fabric Swatch Over a Costume Figure Sketch
      1. Create Repeat Pattern Fabric Fill
      2. Define Repeat Pattern Fill on a Piece of Crooked Fabric Swatch
      3. Create Repeat Pattern Fill from Irregular Print Pattern
      4. Save Repeat Pattern Fill
      5. Puppet Warp Pattern Fill
      6. Add Highlights and Shadows with Dodge and Burn Tools Over the Fabric Fill
      7. Change Pattern Fill as Costume Design Option
    8. Organizing Layers
      1. Make a Copy Merged Layer File
      2. Warp Fabric and Displacement Map
    9. Fill with Image
    10. Conclusion
  18. Chapter 9 Costume Rendering Gallery
  19. Index