Last night’s Project Runway Season 5 Finale is over and done. And I, among many others, am looking for my next fashion design fix to tide me over until new PR seasons finally start at the show’s new network. (Please, please tell me rumors of delays due to legal issuesare not based in fact? Noooo!)
So, for those of you who, like me, will be lost without your regular weekly dose of Project Runway, here is an unexpected surprise for you.
While at Toys R Us this weekend, I encountered the following line of toys in the educational section(!) that made my daughters and I very excited: Project Runway design sketchbooks by Fashion Angel Enterprises.
Branded with the official Project Runway logo, these are a variety of sketchbooks and ‘challenges’ of various types and are appropriate for a parent-assisted child or enthusiastic adult (sewing) amateur.
Available items are:
Understanding that most folks are amateurs at fashion illustration, the majority of these sets feature paper pads with a Croquis (a pre-sketched form on which to draw fashion designs) to use as a starting point for your ideas. They also include a ‘Design Guide’ booklet that gives a little bit of a helpful nudge in regard to possible styles, materials and illustration techniques.
I don’t know if you are like me at all and have ever had the crystal-clear image of a new shoe float up into your brain just as you fell asleep. But, since I have had that particular experience, I thought this would be a fun way to try out this product and share the results here.
I have had exactly two of these shoe ‘visions’.
This first drawing is from one of the blank sketchbooks that I keep around the house to record fashion ideas when they come to me (I’ve learned the hard way that if I wait until I find some paper that I may forget the idea; apologies for the blurry photo):
Next, is a drawing I did yesterday using the High-fashion/high-heel croquis from the PR Sketch-a-Footwear-Collection Drawing Kit. I sketched the basic design and then enlarged it on my copy machine and colored it with the colored pencils included in the kit.
These last 2 designs are by my 6-year old:
Now, I may or may not regularly use this myself as a design tool or as light entertainment. However, I do have to say that my young, design-obsessed daughters are completely won over. They would love to use this everyday; which does bring me to the biggest flaw of these kits: There do not appear to be any paper re-fills available for the sketch pads. So, you might want to make some master copies of the various croquis in each kit before starting, just in case the manufacturers never correct this particular oversight.