Ralph Lauren Sketches
A few years ago, a great friend working at Ralph Lauren NY, asked me to create a few sketches for the Winter collection. I took 2 years of fashion design at school, so, I decided to take a creative approach to it. Was an interesting project, in part because I’ve been playing around sketching on the iPad instead of with pens and pencils.
While creating these illustrations, I learned a lot about textures and how to create them using real live objects. The stony, cloudy and splatter textures on the background were created using a real unfinished marble countertop on my kitchen. I transformed it into a brush, and used it as an eraser on the picture, in order to create the ink splatter look. So on with other fabric textures. This is an example of how versatile digital media is. It wouldn’t be difficult to create these with watercolors but probably would have taken the double of the time.
It’s always a bit of a challenge to draw on a screen instead of a paper. The surfaces are so different, the tracking of the stroke could be delayed depending on how fast is the processor of the machine. The rough feeling of the paper on your hands keeps the line straight and gives the trace expression and strength that it’s mostly lost when using a screen. All of the haptics are simulated for you to kind of feel more or less the same as if you were drawing on a piece of paper. But for me, that I was born with a pencil and a paper on my hands, the adaptation time took a bit longer. Nevertheless, the Ipad is an extraordinary tool for art and design.