I had a phase in my younger years when I did fashion illustration. I would draw impossibly-long and razor-thin models wearing garments inspired by Alexander McQueen and John Galliano. That phase fizzled and I stuck to writing but I still have a few sketches saved at home. If Pete Rich’s My Fashion Sketchpad existed back then, I feel I would have pursued it with more passion.
My Fashion Sketchpad is the first fashion illustration manual in the country, brimming with important tips for the aspiring illustrator and designer. It’s designed as a guide, where Rich offers practical tips, from designing items of clothing to mastering silhouettes. Strewn across the pages are fun exercises.
As a manual, it’s more interactive so the reader can cut his or her teeth and improve their craft, whether they want to enter the industry or get started on a new hobby. Here, you don’t just read about drawing a jacket. You actually draw one. It’s easy to follow so you don’t need to be good when you start! All you need is an eye for style and detail.
Rich is the best person to teach budding fashion illustrators. He has worked with publications and luxury brands like Aerin, Cartier, Chanel, Jimmy Choo, Longchamp, Louis Vuitton, Michael Kors, Tommy Hilfiger, and Tory Burch. He has also illustrated books, including Liz Uy’s StyLIZed, Bianca Gonzalez’s Paano Ba ‘To?, and James Reid and Nadine Lustre’s Team Real: Your All-Access Pass Into James Reid and Nadine Lustre’s World.
I may have given up on designing but reading My Fashion Sketchpad has inspired me to try it out again. As they say, it’s never too late!
This story is in partnership with Anvil Publishing. Pete Rich’s My Fashion Sketchpad is available at select National Book Store and Powerbooks branches for P495. It can also be ordered online at Anvil’s website and National Book Store’s website.