Thursday, February 14, 2013

Review: Fashion Drawing Studio A Guide to Sketching Stylish Fashions by Marissa Bolte


Hello, fashionista! Using simple step-by-step sketches and easy-to-follow illustrations, this guide gives kids a look into fashion-forward clothing trends including Rock Star, Girly Girl, Glamour, Harajuku, American Girl, and Skater Chic. Tips, techniques, and the perfect outfit accessories make this book the perfect inspiration for the future fashion designer.
For ages 9-13.
* Step-by-step instructions
* Featuring up-to-date fashion trends
* Balanced mix of fashions that today’s teens love
* Full-color art will inspire any future fashion designer
* Models are of various races and have realistic body types
About the Author:
Marissa Bolte is an author of children's books and a lover of art. She lives in southern Minnesota with her husband, daughter, and two weiner dogs. A degree in creative writing has taught her the value of fine writing. Parenthood has made her a purveyor of fine art, with specializations in sidewalk chalk, washable markers, and glitter glue.

With the success of shows like Project Runway, I wouldn't be surprised if more young kids, and adults, become interested in fashion design.

In Fashion Drawing Studio, different styles are presented for kids to draw inspiration from. For each style, we see the design from the drawing of the body to the drawing of the details on the clothes.

I'm not sure exactly what I was expecting from this book. I guess I wanted even more specifics on how to draw, especially when it came to drawing the body shape that comes before adding the clothes. When I drew clothes as a kid, I usually didn't draw a person wearing the clothes.

The designs are pretty good, though, and they include accessories that complete the look so it really does feel like you're looking at a real design before it goes off to be produced. The thing I liked most about this book, however, are the little tips on what kind of coloring medium to use and how to blend the colors to make the drawing better.

Thanks to NetGalley and Capstone Young Readers for the e-ARC.


  1. The book covers a large variety of styles.
  2. It gives nice tips on how to best color the drawings.
  3. The finished designs are pretty and wearable.


  1. Aside from the tips, there aren't a lot of text that goes with each design. 

Experiment with different art mediums.

  1. You want to learn more about drawing clothes.
  2. Your child wants to become a fashion designer.
  3. Your child likes fashion.




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