NASA’s Awesome Generous Gift to Image Lovers

Star Life Cycles image courtesy of NASA Goddard Flight
Star Life Cycles image courtesy of NASA Goddard Flight
For the past few years I regularly search for images of space, stars and the Universe. This process has recently been made much easier!

NASA has shared a huge gift with the world by making available 140,000 images, videos and audio files from about 60 different collections.

You can go crazy searching the image collection here.


More Fashion Illustration

A short description of the course that caught my eye in the catalog reads as follows:

Students will learn beginning and intermediate illustration skills including line, proportion, shading, and color in order to advance their ability to communicate fashion designs.

After successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

1: Draw the correct 9 head proportions of the fashion figure.
2: Create a personal style of fashion illustration.
3: Construct fashion design concepts through fashion illustration.
4: Integrate a variety of color media.

On day one of the Fashion Illustration (FASH 35a) at San Francisco City College, two teachers introduced themselves. The first half of the semester was taught by Lorraine Wilner and the second half by Paul Gallo.

The first days were spent getting familiar with the materials, the contour figures and front, side, back and 3/4 views.

Exploring Fashion Illustration

Fashion drawing, by Mary Gow
Fashion drawing, by Mary Gow
Today, in remembrance of a special person very close to me, I am posting one of the drawings I created from taking a course that I’d been peeking at in the course catalog for many years and finally took. Though it made no sense to me because I don’t plan on becoming a fashion designer, it did speak to the little girl who loved to draw clothes and meticulously observe design and architecture.

And though I love to paint abstracts, I also enjoy drawing the human figure. Drop in classes for figure drawing weren’t doing it for me so I signed up for a fashion illustration course in the Fashion Dept. at City College of San Francisco. I loved it! This class provided the jump start I needed and since finishing the course I’ve kept up a regular drawing discipline.

I can’t emphasize enough the importance of following a hunch, a gut feeling, even if it makes no sense.