Coloring Tips for Fashion Illustration

Article and illustration by @emily.wijaya

(1) White and stripe (2) Polkadot print, knit and denim

(3) Sheer chiffon, cable knit and plaid (4) Fur, wool, tulle and leather


Many of us enjoy drawing. Just pick up our pencil and start sketching. Some though, find coloring to be intimidating; afraid of ruining the sketch. What are the basic things we need to know in coloring? Check out some of the tips to improve your sketch/illustration to the next level by coloring using markers and color pencil.

The sequence:
Plan before you color. The rule of thumb is to start coloring the area with the lightest color. If we start with dark color first, we might smudge it.

Start with base color throughout the coloring area and build-up your color gradually to add depth to the drawing.

Light source:
Understanding where the light source can greatly improve your illustration. Just remember that shade falls on the opposite side of the light.

Rendering texture:
Fabric rendering adds impact to your illustration. Adding its texture also helps to identify and differentiate the use of materials.

Drawing following the outer/external lines of your sketch to emphasize the figure and/or clothes. Using thick-and-thin lines will bring out the drawing alive.