We are creating a simple system to be used for digital costume illustration. The starting point is a photograph of an actor, which we transform digitally into a line drawing. The process is straightforward and is designed to be simple enough for someone without a background in design to use. The line drawing is then transferred onto a grid so that the illustration is accurately scaled in inches or centimeters. This allows the costume details to be specific enough that they can actually be measured from the drawing. Once the details have been added, we then start designing and digitally coloring in the costume directly on the actor’s body.
This process gives us incredible flexiblity, allowing us to apply changes to the costume at any stage of the design process.
We use Photoshop to produce our images because of the general accessibility of the program, and because of the increasing popularity of the program among users of all types. There are other freeware programs such as Gimp that can achieve the same results, but they are less familiar to the general public.