How to Draw Layers of Chiffon | Swim Gown TITANIC | Fashion Illustration | Fashion ARTventures


Hi guys and welcome back to my channel! Today I’m going to show you how to illustrate
several layers of chiffon in you fashion drawings. If this is your first time watching my videos,
I’m Michaela and you’re watching Fashion ARTventures! Please make sure that you subscribe, cause
I’m posting a new video every single Thursday! The dress in today’s tutorial is the Swim
Gown from the movie Titanic. Rose is wearing that beautiful gown for the
second half of the film . In my opinion water colors are the perfect
medium for rendering chiffon. Because the paint dries transparent, if you
appy several layers, they will show through. You can of course use any transparent medium
like inks or markers, but I prefer the softness of water colors. My idea was to build up the colors of the
dress by working from the bottom layer up to the topmost. But I started off with the sash around her
waist, because it’s satin and it was the only part in the dress which was not transparent. After finishing the sash, I used a violet
tone for the first layer of chiffon and applied it in a bold manner with a large brush. For the next layer I used the same violet
but this time I added some opaque white into the mixture. This gave the color a tiny bit of coverage
and made it paler at the same time. The third layer is in the same pink like the
sash but made paler with water and white paint. And the last fabric on the top is again in
the violet tone but with much more opaque white in it so it can stands out against the
layers underneath. Its coverage is visible compared to the pink
underneath. I must admit my illustration of the dress
is much more saturated than the colors of the original costume. The dress has a lot of layers in pale violet,
pastel pink, white and blue. I couldn’t draw them all at once in one illusrtation,
but I tried to re-create that feeling of softness and sheerness. That’s why I choose a rather dancing figure. I wanted the fabrics to fly around the model
showing all the colors and lightness in the chiffon. I was done with rendering the chiffon so far,
but the dress looked a bit of dull and needed some dimension. Once the illustration was dry, I took that
same violet tone to render some shadows, but this time I didn’t diluted it as much with
water. The shadows in chiffon are soft and can be
applied with a thin brush in form of lines and blended out if needed. Here is my personal tip on chiffon fabrics. If there is a hem, as it is often the case,
use a thin brush and show it. Because chiffon is transparent and folded
narrowly several times at the hem, the color of the hem will appear dark, if the chiffon
is rich in color, and lighter if the fabric is in a pale tone. Does it make sense to you? I applied some white acrylic paint to add
some highlights on the hem and the dress itself. If I leave the strokes pure white, they will
be too harsh for chiffon. That’s why I blend them a bit every time I
apply them. The last finishing detail was to use a pale
grey Copic marker to add even more shadows between the layers, focusing around the edges. I really love the contrast of the grey color
against the bright hemline. I hope this tutorial wasn’t too confusing
because of the motion in the figure and the fabric. If you leave out the crazy flying layers,
chiffon is very easy to render actually. If you’re interested in how I render white
lace, check out my video on Rose’s Tea gown from last week. It features several layers of white English
lace over moss green silk. Check it out in the description box below
this video. This was my last illustration on Titanic dresses. If you want to see all gowns from my Titanic
series, I’m going to link to them under the video or you can visit my YouTube channel
page. If this video was helpful to you, please don’t forget to give it a thumbs up and subscribe to my channel! I’ll see you next Thursday! Bye!

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