Design, Photography, & Fashion

Sketching Your Ideas

Marc Jacobs

Lesson time 18:11 min

See how Marc approaches the sketching process. Learn what tools he uses and what he tries to accomplish in a sketch, and then watch as Marc completes a sketch.

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I've always found that sketching helps me to think things through. And so in the process of working towards seeing the first prototype, or the muslin, the first muslin, I like to kind of doodle, and sketch, and draw out outfits or pieces of clothing on a croquis. And sometimes I-- it helps me sort of have a visual reference of different options. Or just it helps me to sort of think things through before we pass something on to pattern maker. And I sketch. Joseph sketches. Everybody in the design room sketches in some way. But I do find that the sketching part of the process helps me to think about what we are going to make. So I usually set myself up with a stack of just paper from the Xerox machine, some number two pencils, sometimes a couple of colored pencils, a Sharpie marker or two, and once in awhile, I'll have some colored markers around. Usually, I'll take colored markers out if I want to sort of think about a color combination or something like that. And that usually comes later in the process. But normally, the first part of the sketching process for me is just doing some line drawings of silhouettes, just drawing some exaggerated versions of lengths, and proportions, widths-- again, something to give the pattern maker some indication of what I hope the muslin, the first muslin, will look like. Some people believe that you don't need to be able to sketch. Some people-- I think there are designers who don't sketch. And some people or designers that I've heard have people sketch for them. As I went to Parsons, and I studied at High School of Art and Design, and enjoyed figure drawing, and life drawing, and fashion illustration, sketching to me seems like an essential part of the design process. I sketch-- mostly, I sit in the design room, and I set up an area where there's enough tablespace that I can lay the sketches out. Again, as it's a kind of helped me in the editing process and the decision process, what I like to do is a number of sketches and lay them on the table. So if I'm doing a jacket, I might sketch the same jacket with a different color, with a different revers, button, single-breasted, double-breasted. I might sketch at different proportions. And I'll lay them out. And when I have a number of sketches laid out on the table, then I kind of do a selection or an edit of the things that I'd like to try. In other words, I'd like to go to the workroom, or the sample room to the pattern makers to start working on a muslin. [MUSIC PLAYING] OK, so as far as paper goes, I like a rough paper. And again, it comes right from the Xerox machine. I just don't like a smooth, glossy paper, because I like resistance when I draw. So I like using a number two pencil, and I'm very heavy handed. And I like a kind of variety in line when I sketch, especially when it's rough. So I prefer a number two pencil because it's soft. There's...


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Marc Jacobs’s infamous grunge collection got him fired. It also won him the CFDA Womenswear Designer of the Year Award. In his first online fashion design class, the 11-time CFDA Award winner teaches his hands-on process for creating clothes that push boundaries and set trends. Learn Marc’s construction techniques, how he creates unique shapes and silhouettes, and how you can develop your own ideas from the first sketch to the final piece.



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Students give MasterClass an average rating of 4.7 out of 5 stars.

It was Wonderful! I love learning about Clothes! :D

In some lessons, where Marc describe his inspiration with the designs he made, it would be great if there's a complementary photo of it so that the audience can relate better.

Beautiful! Thank you Marc for the unconditional sharing!

The classes with Marc Jacobs were inspirational, as they were honest, and real. It showed me an insight into an industry I love, but have been pushed away from through circumstance. His last line Love what you do and never stop doing it, has me thinking.........


Comments

Myrline G.

I highly appreciate that you are comfortable with what you do and it shows your desire to teach us without reservation.

Pétainguy M.

Such a so sexy teacher that it turned hard (kkkk) to stay concentrated .... a torture !

Tauna S.

I sketch everything, even scenes when I am writing. Certainly when designing costumes. Love the idea of drawing variations and using a croquis, so they are consistent size wise.

Tauna S.

I like the detail involving the backup information and the materials he uses. Also that in the lesson pdf and in the lesson he shows how he goes about it and different examples of how the process develops.

RJane @.

It is more challenging to design clothes. Trending fashion in clothes changes fast. Most consumers wear simple clothes (like Marc’s black shirt), which models don’t wear in the runway fashion show. It’s an irony and paradox. @RJanesRealm

Raederle P.

I'm still not sure I understand why the initial sketch doesn't go into all the details desired. I guess I'll find out in the next lesson.

Martin H.

FYI: A muslin is a trial run of a pattern cut out of muslin, old bed sheets, or any suitable inexpensive fabric you have on hand.

Lena W.

This lesson was good for me. I'm not really good at it but I can definitely get the idea of what I want on paper.

Dan J.

Do you have any recommendations for people who have never been taught to sketch?

Frosina B.

Hi! Interesting class, I'm actually following these classes as I'm working in starting my own company in the area of fashion, but providing a unique approach an innovative service to provide premium couture. I saw some amazing sketches in here & I'm looking for a designer that can will match the style that we would like to provide for our consumers. I'm looking to lunch the 1st pilot in July 2019, in LDN, offering just one product dresses for special occasions. I'm looking for a designer that needs to practice as well & expose his/her designs, therefore for the 1st 6 months we are providing an unpaid internship with the opportunity to be converted in a full time job. I guess is only fair, especially bc I'm referring to a start up :) If anybody is interested, plz contact me through insta @frosinabollo. Moreover, I'm uploading my sketch, 1st time to try it & I'm def, not a designer :)