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9 Heads: A Guide to Drawing Fashion (3rd Edition) (edition 2006)

by Nancy Riegelman

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It is published to coincide with "Colors for Modern Fashion" and it is necessary to discuss some of the aspects of the new book to understand the changes in this one.  This new edition of "9 Heads" is the re-statement of the author's approach to the subject of black and white drawings, incorporating the most developed thinking and views, both in terms of what the end product should look like, and how best to achieve it.  "9 Heads" also presents a different style of finished drawing, one where figures are usually more fleshed-out and where garment fabrics are more rendered than in the drawings of the previous edition.  This edition has been extended in scope as that together with "Colors for Modern Fashion" the two books constitute all the elements of modern fashion drawing from Beginners through to Advanced.  In-depth treatment in men's fashion.  More serious treatment of children's fashion.  Completely revised and expanded chapter on drawing clothing on the figure.  New chapter on fabrics shows how to make drawings so the fabrics can be identified from the drawing.  New appendix with hundreds of flats of modern garments.  Quality of the drawing is far higher than the other books on the market.Ideal for those who have no previous formal training in drawing and who have a need to learn the basics of fashion drawing quickly.… (more)
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Title:9 Heads: A Guide to Drawing Fashion (3rd Edition)
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Info:Prentice Hall (2006), Edition: 3, Paperback, 352 pages
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The re-statement of the author's approach to the subject of black and white drawings, incorporating the most developed thinking and views, both in terms of what the end product should look like, and how best to achieve it.
  CatalogoLDTM | Mar 12, 2019 |
As a fashion design student, I was required to purchase this text several years ago. My drawing teacher insisted it was the industry standard, but I certainly don't think it's the best. While it provides good information about proportion and sketching the elongated fashion figure, the croquis in 9 Heads just aren't that attractive. They're often in very strange poses and the heads seem to be very large, while the necks and limbs are a bit thick, giving the illusion of a clunky figure rather than an elegant, slim one. While that's certainly easy to fix on your own, sometimes you just need a good croquis right away, which is why we buy books like this! It just doesn't deliver. There are very few back views, and the sections on drawing men and children are very limited, so don't buy it for that. Furthermore, the book is large and unwieldy, and it is impossible to make it lie flat, so it's very difficult to trace the croquis from it - something very important in a croquis book!

This book also showcases great fashion illustrations from various artists and designers interspersed throughout, which are inspiring, but can also be frustrating since they look NOTHING like the provided croquis and the book doesn't do a good enough job of instructing how to make your drawings look like that.

This book is great for helping with flats, though, especially in the "Encyclopedia of Details" section, which offers tons of examples. That's definitely the part I use most often. The sections on drawing hair, faces, hands, and other details are also pretty decent.

I recently acquired [a:Bina Abling|223253|Bina Abling|http://www.goodreads.com/images/nophoto/nophoto-U-50x66.jpg]'s "[b:Fashion Sketchbook|1371731|Fashion Sketchbook|Bina Abling|http://photo.goodreads.com/books/1183052990s/1371731.jpg|1361592]" and would definitely recommend that over 9 Heads if you can only afford one. The poses are much better, and it has many other techniques not found in 9 Heads, such as step-by-step instructions to render different fabrics realistically.
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  agirlnamedfury | Mar 30, 2013 |
Mixed reviews: some say it's the "Bible", is a great help in developing your own illustration style, and required at their school; some say it is looked down on at their school, has amateurish/cartoonish illustrations, and that you should stick with Bina Abling or Steven Stipleman;
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It is published to coincide with "Colors for Modern Fashion" and it is necessary to discuss some of the aspects of the new book to understand the changes in this one.  This new edition of "9 Heads" is the re-statement of the author's approach to the subject of black and white drawings, incorporating the most developed thinking and views, both in terms of what the end product should look like, and how best to achieve it.  "9 Heads" also presents a different style of finished drawing, one where figures are usually more fleshed-out and where garment fabrics are more rendered than in the drawings of the previous edition.  This edition has been extended in scope as that together with "Colors for Modern Fashion" the two books constitute all the elements of modern fashion drawing from Beginners through to Advanced.  In-depth treatment in men's fashion.  More serious treatment of children's fashion.  Completely revised and expanded chapter on drawing clothing on the figure.  New chapter on fabrics shows how to make drawings so the fabrics can be identified from the drawing.  New appendix with hundreds of flats of modern garments.  Quality of the drawing is far higher than the other books on the market.Ideal for those who have no previous formal training in drawing and who have a need to learn the basics of fashion drawing quickly.

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