by Patsyfox on July 19, 2020


2020 is sucking in a hundred different ways and for those of us in Melbourne, we are back in lockdown. But there’s always some good to find:

  1. It’s cold outside, so really staying indoors is not so bad.
  2. We can’t be part of face-to-face classes so we need to switch to online – oh hello not needing to drive in hideous Melbourne traffic! Not to mention for all the people who’ve previously written to me from interstate, this is your chance to come to class without booking a flight!

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Fashion Illustration is the perfect form of escapism we all need right now, so ten years since launching during the 2010 L’Oreal Melbourne Fashion Festival, The Drawing Salon classes are moving online!

First up is a series of weekly live online Fashion Illustration Sunday classes. These three-hour sessions are “live” on Zoom, and operate as a virtual classroom, with informative instruction, demonstrations, and real-time feedback and corrections on work throughout the class. Students have access to re-watch all demonstrations for the length of the course, and will receive a pack in the mail prior to beginning, containing an extensive set of original class notes, and pics for drawing references including some extras for (optional) homework. AND I have partnered with Eckersley’s in Melbourne to give students the opportunity to purchase a full materials kit for 30% less than retail!

I’m making these classes as easy and fun as I possibly can. With the guiding moto of “learn, be inspired, have fun”, The Drawing Salon’s key strengths have always been quality of teaching and learning, and the relaxed, positive and fun atmosphere. I will be carrying this into the online realm!

So say HELLO to fashion illustration, or maybe you want to say Oh hey I’d like to get to know you again! with Series 1: Fashion Illustration 1 – The Fundamentals. This is a series of 4 x 3hr classes covering all the key principles and fundamentals of fashion illustration: What is it? Are there rules? How on earth to I get that fabulous figure down on paper without having a nervous breakdown?! Then learn how to bring the sketches to life with vibrant colour, including how to use marker pens to create artful fashion images.

If this is entirely new to you that’s great – the classes presume no knowledge or experience. However if you actually do have existing skills that’s great too – I will push you from that level and give you more advanced feedback. As with my face-to-face classes, my online classes are kept small so you get all the personal attention you need: class size is capped at 12 people. Classes run for 3 hours on a Sunday afternoon from 2pm – 5pm, with an optional pour-and-chat at the end. Of course, a pour and draw is always an option too!

Sound like fun? More info and book a spot here. And FYI, Fashion Illustration 2 – Exploring Media will be announced soon, and fully online classes are in work – stay tuned…