A rough draft; a sketch.
Most fashion drawings whether they are quick sketches, detailed sketches or tech drawings begin with a Croquis. With origins in the French verb croqu(er) meaning to make a quick sketch of, rough out or know (a subject) superficially, a good Croquis is vital to a successful drawing. The Croquis has evolved from it’s original definition of a rough sketch to become a template of a body that forms the beginning of a drawing. In the beginning of college the search for a suitable Croquis was long and frustrating, many Croquis rejected for seemingly arbitrary reasons - “She’s too skinny” “She’s too curvy” “She’s too dynamic” but it is worth it if you find a good one that works for you as most designers tend to stick with them for life! There’s thousands of examples available online but remember for a working Croquis - as opposed to an illustration Croquis - you are using it to convey the maximum amount of information about a garment. It shouldn’t be too skinny, stylised or out of proportion as this will distort the garments drawn on it. Although that does sound quite boring it’s beneficial in the long term, any client you have as a designer will always appreciate a beautiful stylised drawing of a garment but if it doesn’t clearly show the garment’s details, proportions etc it can lead to problems.