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Anatomy of Clothing

An 8-week course on the foundation of visually communicating clothing and fabric, and how different materials react on the human form

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Course Format:
Standard
Duration:
8 weeks
Materials:
Pencil and paper/ or on tablet/Photoshop
Lecture Type:
Pre-recorded
Assignment:
Due each week. Expect to spend at least 10 hrs/wk viewing lectures, q&a, and time on assignments.
Skills Level:
Intermediate
Feedback:
Individual recordings
Q&A:
Once a week
Prerequisites:
Analytical Figure Drawing or a good command of form, perspective, and anatomy
Course Format:
Standard
Duration:
8 weeks
Materials:
Pencil and paper/ or on tablet/Photoshop
Lecture Type:
Pre-recorded
Assignment:
Due each week. Expect to spend at least 10 hrs/wk viewing lectures, q&a, and time on assignments.
Skills Level:
Intermediate
Feedback:
Individual recordings
Q&A:
Once a week
Prerequisites:
Analytical Figure Drawing or a good command of form, perspective, and anatomy
Course Format:
Standard
Duration:
8 weeks
Materials:
Pencil and paper/ or on tablet/Photoshop
Lecture Type:
Pre-recorded
Assignment:
Due each week. Expect to spend at least 10 hrs/wk viewing lectures, q&a, and time on assignments.
Skills Level:
Intermediate
Feedback:
Individual recordings
Q&A:
Once a week
Prerequisites:
Analytical Figure Drawing or a good command of form, perspective, and anatomy
COURSE OVERVIEW
COURSE OVERVIEW
WHAT YOU'LL LEARN
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Week 1 | Architecture of Drapery

In this first class we look at how drapery works, how the understructure dictates the surface design of the material. From there, we will break down the simple architectural features and identify them with a naming convention. We will then take sample reference images and break them down into line drawings with a fully realized topo wire frame design indicating the surface changes and surface orientation from the viewers’ perspective.

Week 2 | Seven Folds, Part 1: Looking for the Wire Frame

This week we break down another very important list of architectural devices, the seven folds, why they happen and how, and developing a short hand then a long form design process for both line drawing and rendering.

Week 3 | Seven Folds, Part 2: Rendering the Wire Frame

This week we step back for a moment and go over value schemes and how lighting works, different contrast points and value/key structures. Then we will copy the reference lighting rendering on our wire frame to completion. Once the rendering has been accomplished with a certain level of success, we will invent a different lighting scheme to develop a sensibility to invent form and dictate invented lighting in a general sense.

Week 4 | Materials, Part 1: Cotton, Velvet, & Silk

Different types of material behave differently both in tensile strength as well as in its reflective properties of light. This week we will look at 3 very basic, commonly used materials and see how they look in their architectural builds, as well as how they absorb and reflect light. This is a render-intensive week, so make sure to give yourself time to put in the rendering necessary with all the different drawings required.

Week 5 | Materials, Part 2: Leather, Lace, Nylons, Gortex, Synthetic, & Hardened Materials

Beyond the 3 common modern materials there is a plethora of other materials we work with to costume and clothe the characters we invent and use in our illustrations, designs etc. We will also learn short hand for rendering textures and patterns on the material. We will learn to control the value perspective of the additional textures we render over the previous tones developed. This week we look at a dozen other material types and render them from reference. This is a render-intensive week, so make sure to give yourself time to put in the rendering necessary with all the different drawings required.

Week 6 | Draping the Female Form

From dresses to tank tops, bodices to lace stockings, tight pants to paramilitary fatigues, we learn about the unique tension points of the female form and how the body influences the cuts of clothing we costume fit our characters with. We will develop a process utilizing the mannequin approach learned from the analytical figure drawing classes. From the mannequin we will then develop a well-designed line drawing pushing the architecture of the drapery over the perspective of the figure.

Week 7 | Draping the Male Form

From tight pants to baggy skate pants, flannels to t-shirts, suits to jump suits, we learn about the unique tension points of the male form and how the body influences the cuts of clothing we costume fit our characters with. We will develop a process utilizing the mannequin approach learned from the analytical figure drawing classes. From the mannequin we will then develop a well-designed line drawing pushing the architecture of the drapery over the perspective of the figure.

Week 8 | Layering/Complex Surfaces

Now that we can identify materials by their tensile strength, their reflective properties, their surface qualities, and their textures or prints, we will explore rendering characters from already existing movies from the new Star Wars to The Lord of the Rings films. Here we will learn how to layer different materials over each other and how each previous layer influences the top most materials and their surfaces.

Anatomy of Clothing
WHAT YOU’LL LEARN
Instructor

Taking your skills to the next level

Ron Lemen is a concept artist and art director for the games industry. He currently is a full time freelance artist and has worked with numerous clients such as Blizzard, Lucasarts, Transworld Media, Activision, Upper Deck, Dragon Lance, White Wolf, Time Warner, Wizards of the Coast, Image Comics, Birdhouse Projects, Ride Snowboards, Disney, and more.

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Mei-li Liezl Buenaventura

Really impressed with Ron and happy I took the class with him. I am definitely a better artist now than I was six weeks ago, and as someone who already has a BFA (and has taken many many figure drawing classes in the past), I was really happy that Ron was teaching such a technical way of approaching the subject matter. In our first lesson he mentioned gesture drawing and how frustrating he found it to be as it did not yield a usable mannequin, and as someone who learned the “old way”, I can definitely agree. Really, really useful class, taught by a great artist!

John Waggoner

A great teacher, Ron was able to be stern in his critiques while never seeming hostile or combative. I always felt that my improvement was his first priority.

Colin Rock

Lemen is a great teacher who clearly cares about his students’ progress and takes the time to give thoughtful feedback.

Paulina Ryguer

Ron Lemen is an excellent teacher, very communicative and invested in his students’ improvement. Ron’s Q&A sessions were always informative and enjoyable. He encouraged discussions and answered students’ questions in-depth.

Rodrigo Gay

I truly was impressed by his skill. He dragged us from simplicity to complexity using a very simple method. I really liked the class. BRAVO!

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