©Rebecca Macphail

From the initial sketches to a fully rendered fashion design board, the art of fashion illustration plays a major part in the design process whilst technical drawings assist in the production of garment patterns.

This year’s students have developed skills in using different mixed media techniques; applying them to represent simulated textile textures and patterns whilst understanding the application of colour balance and it’s use within their own designs.

A strong emphasis is placed on developing free hand drawing skills, sketch book development and the ability to communicate how a garment is constructed. Students study and learn to capture how different textiles behave and in doing so develop the skill set for envisioning their designs and communicating them to an industry standard.

Through this module students are introduced to the art of fashion illustration and appreciate the level of practice it takes to develop the skills surrounding it. If you would like to try some of the techniques our students are introduced to, follow the link below for an introductory training session:

This year’s students are on course to complete their HNC and progress to next year’s HND at Lews Castle College and they are doing so in a way that is reactive and proactive to the current industry situation.

We are also still open for HNC applications for the academic year 2020/21 so if you have any questions about how the course will be structured please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and keep an eye out for our weekly updates on the projects students are working on, inclusive of the release of some of the learning videos they have access to as part of studying with Lews Castle College, UHI.

©Rebecca Macphail