Sketching Folks on Project Runway

April 29, 2013

130307_ProjectRunwayStanleyLeft: Faber-Castell Pitt Artist's Calligraphy pen sketch with gouache. 8.5 x 11 inches, Richeson Recycled watercolor paper.

SPOILER ALERT: I write about which designer won season 11 of Project Runway, so if you haven't watched the finale, you've been warned.

While I seem to be forever attired in T-shirts and khakis (and sometimes Gramiccis) I have to admit that I really enjoy watching "Project Runway" to see what people come up with in a limited time frame. (Sometimes the contestants annoy me, but this season [11th] which just wrapped up last week didn't seem as bad.)

Michelle won and I have to say, if I didn't have a "uniform" I would wear clothes that she makes—I loved them all. But then I would just wear them forever even after they went out of fashion, which doesn't matter to me. I enjoyed her clothing vibe. In fact she made a pair of pants and a top one week that I could wear in different colors everyday of my life. I'm glad she won. I hope she has some success. (If you click on the link I made to her name you'll see an overview of her clothing in a short video and at 1 min. and 53 seconds or so you'll see the top and pants I could wear every day.)

While Stanley didn't win he was the designer who was the most fun to sketch. So today here are two sketches of Stanley, and then a page of gesture sketches. 

130215_ProjectRunwayContestLeft: A Pentel Pocket Brush Pen sketch on sumi paper, with a background added with a Montana acrylic marker (15 mm wide nib). Also 8.5 x 11 inches. The moisture from the marker warped the paper, hence the wrinkles when I scanned it.

When sketching both versions of Stanley I actually stopped the program on the DVR. When I was working on the page of gestures I let the program run and tried to carry details in my memory.



Left: Designers on Project Runway season 11. Top Left—Michelle who actually won the season. These gesture sketches were made after quick looks, relying on my memory.

  1. Reply

    Great sketches of Stanley! I too love Project Runway, even though I’m 68 and mostly wear pull on pants and sweatshirts or t-shirts. It’s just fun to watch other people create.

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    Thanks Michelle. I agree, it is fun to watch other people create—and I love it when they go to Mood and we get to see Swatch! (And thank goodness for cotton t-shirts, and sweats! I don’t feel funny about getting acrylic paint all over them.)

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    I was a huge PR fan and not because I’m a fashionista, but I like to see the creative process in play. Patricia was the most fun to watch. Sometimes I sketch along with the show too but haven’t been brave enough to post on my blog. I did post sketches I made from watching Downton Abbey. Thanks for sharing. Your drawings and journals are always inspiring.
    Aka ArtL8dY

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    Sharon, I love your downton abbey sketches!

    I confess I haven’t watched any of the new season yet—I wanted to savor the episodes and there is too much turmoil here right now. I hope to watch them at the end of May. I love the costumes.

    I have a sketch of Patricia that I’m going to post later this week—Patricia from Project Runway. I thought what she made was interesting, and she would probably be one of the most interesting to speak with, but I thought her final pieces weren’t that flattering on her models.

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