Project: Fashion for Curvier Women

What you see below is a collaboration between myself and a dear friend. While the art/figure concepts were mine, the fashion part belongs to the friend. The entire series was painted digitally in 3-4 days time, hence the very sketchy, hurried feel to it. I was hard-pressed for time, as I was just about to leave for a 10 day trip (and was in the midst of making preparations for it), while the project also had to be submitted within a week. But this gave me an idea of the steep deadlines that fashion people must regularly adhere to.

As you can see, this is mainly a set showcasing western, Caucasian women. However, I'd have also loved to draw a variety of complexions and body shapes, as they all have their inherent challenges. Perhaps I'll do another set in the future, with a wider variety of subject representation. In any case, it was a wonderful learning opportunity on the challenges and delights of adorning the curvier women, and how to best represent her loveliness and persona - set in the everyday background of life.

I'm used to seeing women in sarees, which is a near-miraculous garment for camouflaging extremes of body shapes/sizes and bringing out the natural feminine grace to the best effect. Hence, seeing the western attire do the same for curvier women was a real eye-opener, and increased my respect for fashion designers working on this subject. Thanks for reading this far :)

Digitally painted (mostly using Mypaint 1.0.0) on preliminary conte underdrawings, which were photographed and thus digitized. The figures were drawn sans reference. Please click to see larger versions.





5. I had to literally compose and draw this in hours, on the very last day prior to my departure. I could've worked on this further, before posting it here... but I guess it has a raw, rough appeal as it is.

6. This, of course is a 'horizontally flipped' pair of no. 4 :)

7. I had misinterpreted the designer's instructions, and drew her in a day setting at first...

8. Later on, it was kind of fun changing day into night and catching her in the headlights!


10. Back view of the design above.

Thanks for giving this a look/read :) Its different from my usual work, but I had fun doing it!

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Comment by Prosenjit Roy on November 19, 2012 at 10:36am

Oh Oh Anil Sirji... now you leave me wondering @ what those questions might've been, and what I've answered those with :) Thank you!

Hi Jimu, that's wonderfully kind of you... I'm glad I could project the spirit of fun-loving, self-assured women in these. I guess that's what clothing is (also) supposed to do, make us feel good about ourselves.

Comment by J L Anil Kumar on November 17, 2012 at 9:22am

Superb stuff Dada and you say that you did this in a hurry. Yes one can see the flurry of strokes. I had many questions and you answered them all! Now chup! :)

Comment by Prosenjit Roy on November 17, 2012 at 5:53am

Thanks so much for your wise and kindly inputs - GS, Meenu, Aditi and Charu (and also for the fave) :)

@ GS - your insight is always a bonus gift :) Regarding the light effect, I was really in a hurry and was only aiming to create a basic impression of illumination, hence much of what you see is probably incidental. I guess street lamps such as those lend themselves well to atmospheric effects.

@ Meenu - very aptly put! Every woman, in fact every human being is unique in her/his own way, and needn't fit into some predetermined mold dictated by the image industry - rather, what she wears, how she looks ought to be a celebration/enhancement of her unique qualities. Anyway, that's my frugal two cents on something I know very little about :P

@ Aditi - I'm so glad you mentioned the compositions and the colors :)

Comment by Charu on November 16, 2012 at 10:17pm

really interesting.prosenjit.agreeed v aditi

Comment by Aditi Modi on November 16, 2012 at 7:54pm

Very nicely done.. my attention is instantly drawn to the lovely compositions in each of the pictures and the beautiful colours..

Comment by Ganapathy Subramaniam (GS) on November 16, 2012 at 7:17pm

Interesting project! I do lack any significant knowledge in fashion or drapery, to comment sensibly. But these are looking great as always! Amazing creativity to do it all from the head! Also the way you have handled the digital medium as if it were acrylics or oil is amazing. especially the one where there are street lights, and the glow around the lamps as well as the white of the lamp inside! masterly! 



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