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The concept was initially sketched out in pencil on the contest flats provided. Since I don't have a digitizing tablet on hand, using a mouse to do the prelimary drawings was difficult. I scanned in my sketches and refined them in Sketchbook.
Step 1: Q and a on the Tailoring...
The white dinner jacket is white. Well, off white, as purists know that wools will never be pure white. A dickie, yes, I believe that is what it is called, the bib-like section of the hoodie, the shirt in white satin stripe fabric is pleated/ruffled just like those shirts from the cheap tuxedo rental store. It comes complete with a black bow tie and red carnation in the lapel. The hoodie is actually folded back inside the collar. A quick unzip to flatten it out and tucked in partway under to form the notched collar for the dinner jacket. The excess material would lay flat beneath and should only enhance the breadth of the shoulders. Mother of pearl buttons adorn the cuffs.
Step 2: Sketching and Design...
My digitizing tablet was gifted to someone so I found it difficult to do my freehand sketch with the mouse. I am ambidextrous so drawing/writing with my left hand does not translate all together well when I normally operate the mouse with my right.
I printed out the design flats.
I sketched out my designs for the wetsuit and the tuxedo using my trusty #2 pencil.
I scanned them back in using GIMP.
I used the polyline tool to mark the points along the line to trace and ink in the pencil lines.
I discovered when you hit the spacebar, the canvas positioning dialog control is brought up. I couldn't figure out before how to move it when I knew my mouse scroll wheel was resizing and sometimes repositioning the image. I'll have to find out what "resets" it back to center and original size.
I was still trying to get the feel of Sketchbook so I did not experiment with layers or cleaning up the pencil lines. I just did a basic fill with colors from the design palette.
Step 3: The Name Is...
Who is going to make this? Brand. Betabrand.