Instructor: Ahmed Amer
Date: May 10 - July 12
Schedule: Tuesdays - 6PM - 9PM & Wednesday July 6 - 6 PM - 9PM
Level: Beginner - Intermediate
Location: Creative Space Beirut (View larger map)
This holistic live sketching and illustration course focuses on observing a subject, studying its nature, analyzing its details, and linking these concepts to the fashion design process. Designed for beginners and those who want to understand the basics of fashion illustration, participants in this workshop will come to understand materials, textures, colors, and light, and translate these to the canvas. Through a series of demonstrations, in-class drawing, group critiques, and individual assistance from the instructor, they will develop an ability to draw convincingly from life. Focus topics include composition, proportion, value relationships, edge relationships, modeling, materials and stylization.
Instructor Short Biography
Ahmed Amer graduated from CSB School of Design in 2017. Following a stint of diverse collaborations, he launched his eponymous brand in 2018, which gained a strong reputation in the industry through its artful integration of his iconoclastic line drawings with bold, yet organic apparel design. Ahmed is an avid illustrator and does live illustration performances. He taught Design Through Sketching and Fashion Illustration at Academie Libanaise des Beaux-Arts (ALBA) and Creative Space Beirut School of Design, where he continues to teach. Ahmed is a winner of the Open My Med 2020/2021 prize by Maison Mode Méditerranée and a member of the Hybrid Wave community.
Session 1: An Introduction to fashion illustration as well as live model quick sketching and an introduction to the warm up exercises that will be repeated in every session.
Session 2: Understanding the human anatomy through live model sketching.
Session 3: Proportions in fashion illustration as well as the proportions on a page layout using live model sketching as well as 2D sketching from magazines.
Session 4: Experimentation with watercolor techniques.
Session 5: Light and shadow techniques using live model sketching as well as sketching from a magazine.
Session 6: Through live model sketching and sketching from magazines, participants will practice sketching garment details such as pockets, zippers, and seams.
Session 7: This session will focus on fabric rendering - techniques of drawing that elicit a fabric’s feel and material.
Session 8: Poses and rotation- how body proportions change with different poses using quick live sketching techniques.
Session 9: This session will focus on capturing movement through live model sketching.
Session 10: The final session will focus on applying all techniques learned throughout the workshop to create a final presentation of fashion illustrations on a page layout.
Required Materials & Tools
Different types of paper
Marker pens of various thicknesses
Optional: Colored ink, black ink, led pens of various thicknesses, charcoal, sketchbook
Where to find
Fairco, Art Corner, Fabriano, Maliks