Last month, BA (Hons) Fashion Illustration course leader Sue Dray was joined by three LCF students to deliver an iPad Illustration workshop, coinciding with the relaunch the Apple Store on Regent Street, as part of their event series, #TodayAtApple.

Sue Dray with Fashion Illustration students MAy Twiner, Megan Underwood and Darcey Hymanson

Sue Dray with Fashion Illustration students Amy Twiner, Megan Underwood and Darcey Hymanson

Sue spoke to the audience about her career in fashion illustration, followed by a short lesson on using iPads to illustrate. The audience were invited to illustrate two live models, with the help of three students from BA (Hons) Fashion Illustration  – Amy Twiner, Megan Underwood and Darcey Hymanson. Sue and the students showed their work and the techniques they use when illustrating on iPads.

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The models Isobel and Max wore designs from Hong Wang who is on the MA Fashion Design Technology: Womenswear course at LCF. and MA Fashion Design Technology: Menswear student Jooin Yang  Hair and make-up for the models was provided by LCF alumna Mattie White from BA (Hons) Hair and Make-up for Fashion.

Sue Dray said:

The evening at the Apple store was a real treat for me and gave all who attended an insight into the future of fashion imaging. The atmosphere was buzzing on the night it was fantastic to see how drawing on a digital platform showcases a multitude of styles and approaches to drawing.

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Amy Twiner who was one of the students assisting at the workshop told us:

The event at Apple went really well and I enjoyed showing people in the audience my work and how to use the iPad. The differences between sketching on an iPad rather than paper is that there is no mess, you don’t smudge your drawing when leaning on it, you can undo mistakes easily and you have all tools at your fingertips

She also mentioned that her favorite thing about fashion illustration is the flexibility and freedom of style and how much fun you can have with it. Megan Underwood told us that her favorite part of the evening at the Apple Store was when everyone was showing there work. She also said:

Sketching on the iPad is so much easier, you have the freedom to undo and redo any mistakes. It’s tidy and just a lot more practical. On the night, I saw some new techniques too – I didn’t know how to merge all layers together and I also learnt some short cuts. My favourite thing about fashion illustration is that it’s so wild and limitless!