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Claire’s fancy-pants HISTORICAL FASHION MASTER POST

shoomlah:

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So my historical costuming resources list from 2011 was less than a page long- I’m not saying that I’ve learned a lot in the past three years, but this list is now sitting pretty at a solid nine pages.  Whew.  And people wonder why I want to redo this damn series.

This list is by no means an exhaustive one- it’s a list of (primarily western) historical fashion resources, both online and offline, that is limited to what I know, own, or use!  It’s a work in progress, and I’m definitely hoping to expand on it as my knowledge base grows.  First things first, how about a little:

ADVICE FOR RESEARCHING HISTORICAL FASHION

  • Read, and read about more than just costuming.  Allowing yourself to understand the cultural and historical context surrounding the clothing of a particular region/period can be invaluable in sussing out good costume design.  Looking at pictures is all well and good, but reading about societal pressures, about construction techniques, daily routines, local symbolism, whatever else will really help you understand the rhyme and reason behind costuming from any given context.
  • Expand your costume vocabulary.  When you’re delving into a new topic, costuming or otherwise, picking up new terminology is essential to proper understanding and furthering your research.  Write down or take note of terms as you come across them- google them, look up synonyms, and use those words as a jumping off point for more research.  What’s a wire rebato?  How does it differ from a supportasse?  Inquiring minds want to know.
  • Double-check your sources.  Especially on the internet, and double especially on tumblr.  I love it, but it’s ground zero for rapidly spreading misinformation.  Books are usually your safest bet, but also take into account their date of publication, who’s writing them- an author’s biases can severely mangle their original source material.
  • Don’t be afraid to ask for help.  Do everything you can to find out information on your own, but feel free to reach out to people with more specialized areas of knowledge for help!  Be considerate about it- the people you’re asking are busy as well- but a specific line of questioning that proves you’re passionate and that you respect their subject matter expertise can work wonders.

Okay, onto the links!

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It’s impossible to overstate the importance of getting off the internet and looking into books!  God bless the internet, but books are (generally, this isn’t a rule) better-researched and better-sourced.  Bibliographies also mean each individual books can be a jumping off point for further research, which is always a fantastic thing.

Remember- owning books is awesome and you should absolutely assemble your own library of resources, but LIBRARIES.  Libraries.  You’ll be surprised to find what books are available to you at your local library.

GENERAL / SURVEYS

Patterns fo Fashion books
Detailed, hand-drawn diagrams of historical fashion, inside and out.  Pretty amazing stuff.

Fashion in Detail books
Not what you want if you’re looking for photos of entire costumes- note the “in detail” bit up there.  Just a beautiful series, and great reference for all the little things you might miss otherwise.  The V&A has an amazing fashion collection, and it’s great to see them share it with the world.

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Just finished this X-23 commission and then it’s off for approvals. Quite happy with how this turned out since I was consciously trying to concentrate on moody lighting while coloring this.I’m too damned proud of the faux-relief highlight shine on the “X-23” nameplate and I might turn that into a staple for future APs that I do. Gotta love Dr. Ph. Martin’s Bleed Proof White!

Just finished this X-23 commission and then it’s off for approvals. Quite happy with how this turned out since I was consciously trying to concentrate on moody lighting while coloring this.

I’m too damned proud of the faux-relief highlight shine on the “X-23” nameplate and I might turn that into a staple for future APs that I do. Gotta love Dr. Ph. Martin’s Bleed Proof White!

caitlynkurilich:

The Thurifer, Owler, The Palace Guard, The Archer, & Gwyn | Graphite on Moleskine, 12” x 16 1/2”, 2013.

A collection of various ladyknights and wanderers I’ve drawn.

aeolian-mode:

I sort of taught myself how to do this by trial and error when I was making the latest page of my webcomic. I felt it might be useful to share. Thanks for looking!

More Tutorials Here

Set 2 of a bunch of Capricorn-themed sketch cards that I drew for the Dark Zodiac series from Reddlife Entertainment.

Set 2 of a bunch of Capricorn-themed sketch cards that I drew for the Dark Zodiac series from Reddlife Entertainment.

A work-in-progress scan of an X-23 AP sketch card commission. Tried to make it a bit moody with the lighting so I’ve been working on that a bit.It’s always good to get a small WIP scan of your drawings so you can hopefully see stuff that still needs to be worked on. Flipping the image in whatever imaging program also helps a lot imo.

A work-in-progress scan of an X-23 AP sketch card commission. Tried to make it a bit moody with the lighting so I’ve been working on that a bit.

It’s always good to get a small WIP scan of your drawings so you can hopefully see stuff that still needs to be worked on. Flipping the image in whatever imaging program also helps a lot imo.

notcuddles:

coelasquid:

uzlolzu:

And the progress thing.

I think I’ll leave this now and do something else…

I am a fan.

so so so so so good.

Set 1 of a bunch of Capricorn-themed sketch cards that I drew for the Dark Zodiac series from Reddlife Entertainment.

Set 1 of a bunch of Capricorn-themed sketch cards that I drew for the Dark Zodiac series from Reddlife Entertainment.