Christopher Hart is a genius when it comes to teaching art. Unfortunately, this book doesn't quite live up to the bar he's set with previous works. It teaches elementary figure drawing, along with faces, hair, hands, feet, and clothing. But his previous books did a much better job. This one skims over the basics, never quite giving enough information. The only element that sets this book apart is the fact that it touches on clothing and fabric, which his other books skipped.
Its one redeeming quality is that it doesn't limit you to drawing stick-thin models. Some actually have curves! As for the clothing and hairstyles, much of it looks vague, lacking in detail. And the looks are seriously dated. The author's comic origins show through quite a bit, too. One model is wearing a cape with a triangular turtleneck collar, looking exactly like some alien superhero.
I would not recommend this book if you're serious about learning fashion illustration. I know it's intended for girls who are learning to draw, but I wasted years of my life being unable to draw the way I wanted to, simply because I read books like this, instead of books that actually taught good drawing skills. I hate to be so critical, since Christopher Hart's other figure drawing books are so good. But this one just isn't.
* Figure It Out! (Christopher Hart Figure It Out!) Christopher Hart's essential book on figure drawing.
* Human Anatomy Made Amazingly Easy Christopher Hart's other essential book on figure drawing. It focuses more on anatomy, so you learn which ankle bone is higher, how to shape collarbones, and so forth. Very useful if you want your drawings to look realistic.
* Contemporary Fashion Illustration Techniques The text is translated, so it doesn't always make sense, but the illustrations are self-explanatory.
* Fashion Illustration for Designers A high-end textbook for designers who want to learn fashion drawing, very in-depth.
* Character Costume Figure Drawing: Step-by-Step Drawing Methods for Theatre Costume Designers Intended for theater costumers who need to design and draw their own costumes. Especially good for learning to draw dancers.