Course Description

SAFD offers an all-round course in Fashion Illustration (fashion drawing), which is aimed at both beginners and more experienced illustrators who want to try a new way of drawing people.

This course will cover all types of drawings a designer must be able to deal with. The course can be taken for fun, to help you get your creative ideas down on paper or to put together a portfolio for work or school.

The course will convey basic techniques that include the human body, movement, proportions and colouring, and you will learn to create a set of templates and techniques on how to draw a wide range of styles and shapes for a variety of garments and details such as shadows, folder etc.

At the end of the course you will have developed and refined your personal illustration style and created a range of expressive illustrations that can be used for your portfolio or similar. You will gain new skills that will make you a better illustrator and that can be applied to the development of fashion designs more generally. And you will be able to realize your visual ideas more precisely and with greater expertise.


By the end of the course, you will have an understanding of the following areas:

  • How to create your own personal drawing style
  • How to incorporate structured composition into your designs
  • The use of multiple media to create illustrations
  • How to use traditional methods such as ink, watercolor and pastels
  • How to use your creativity to create original designs
  • How to use your designs to build your portfolio

Target Group

This course is for people who want to develop their creative skills. This includes:

  • Creative people
  • Beginners
  • Entrepreneurs/Start-Ups
  • Students who want to refresh their design practice

There will be thorough and individual guidance for all students.

Course Certificate

Once you have successfully completed our course at SAFD, you will receive a course certificate confirming your completion of the course and its modules. This certificate will strengthen your CV and expand your career opportunities, and it will symbolize your dedication, skills and knowledge of the course’s professional content.


René Gurskov

René Gurskov graduated from the Scandinavian Academy of Fashion Design (formerly Margrethe-Skolen) and has for several decades run his own fashion brand, which has been very successful in the Asian market. René also teaches at the school's 3-year education program.


The students are introduced to the course and will subsequently be introduced to fashion illustration with a focus on the face and silhouettes, in order to gain experience with how the body fits together in fashion poses.

In this module, the students explore and experiment with different techniques in the realization of fashion illustration, where shadows are explored in depth. Shadows create depth and it is essential to master the illustration of shadows to highlight and transform the two-dimensional surface.

Here we go on to look more illustratively at hands and shoes and learn to angle and change the positions, and finally become familiar with several different ways of drawing and perspective.

To take illustrations to a new level, it is important that the details are visualized in a way that lifts all the lines. Techniques that can be used for detailing will be reviewed and the students will experiment with the techniques so that they suit the individual student’s personal style.

Through a combination of color theory and practical techniques, the students in this module are introduced to how to get to know one’s color strengths and use them to influence our senses and emotions – both consciously and unconsciously in either a positive or negative direction.

A more detailed form of illustration is introduced where perspective and goals are put in focus. When preparing designs to be produced, it is important to be able to illustrate one’s ideas with precision, and precisely this will be practiced in this module.

The course participants will be tasked with drawing a mini collection, where the focus will be on creating a clear common thread between the different parts – both in terms of techniques, coloring and appearance. The exercise will help students find their own visual language and unlock creativity through drawing from idea to completion.

Any collections from the previous module will be completed and the students will also have the opportunity to thoroughly test techniques from the previous module. At the end, there will be a joint discussion about the modules they have been through, and there will subsequently be feedback and guidance on how the course participants can use their newly learned knowledge and experience in their further progress in the fashion industry.


Upon registration, you will receive a confirmation email with all practical information, including what to bring to the start of the course. The course takes place at the school’s address Badstuestræde 1, 1209 Copenhagen K.

If you have any questions about the course, you can contact us via the contact information below between 9.00 and at 14.00 every weekday.

Registration and Payment

You can register for the course by clicking the “Enrollment” button on this page. Fill in the required fields and a confirmation will be sent via email.

Payment is made at registration and can be made with VISA, Mastercard, American Express, Diners, Maestro, Apple Pay and Google Pay. All amounts are in Danish Kroner (DKK) and includes VAT.

If you are unable to pay with one of the above payment solutions, you may find an alternative payment option by contacting the school’s administration on tel. +45 33 13 09 26 between 9.00-14.00 every weekday.

Unless otherwise stated in the course text, withdrawal and refund of course fees can be made up to 14 days before the start of the course. After that, registration is binding and the fee is non-refundable. In the unlikely event that a team cannot be established, the full course fee will be returned.


Scandinavian Academy of Fashion Design, Badstuestræde 1, 1209 Copenhagen K
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