4 Simple steps From sketching to Photoshop rendering

A NIKE Tennis ware fashion illustration.

Below is a quick tutorial of a Nike Tennis ware

fashion illustration from sketching to Photoshop rendering in just 4

steps. All was done with a graphic tablet.


From left to right: – 0 Final result – 1 Body movement – 2 Body structure – 3 Clothing and Pattern – 4 Colors and shading

Chou-Tac Chung – Nike tennis ware, 2009

From left to right:

Nike-Tennis-ware-Sketch-to-Photoshop-rendering-render-Chou-Tac-Chung0- Final result

Nike-Tennis-ware-Sketch-to-Photoshop-rendering-b-Chou-Tac-Chung1- Body movement

Choose a body with a curvy position. In fashion illustration,
it gives the
clothing more life!
> Draw very light

Nike-Tennis-ware-Sketch-to-Photoshop-rendering-c-Chou-Tac-Chung2- Body base

Before drawing the clothes, draw a simplified naked body.

Note: Some of you may have learnt how to draw fashion models with 2D contours. It is a great method. However, I recommend to approach it like how cartoon animators draw characters- a 3D approach

Nike-Tennis-ware-Sketch-to-Photoshop-rendering-d-Chou-Tac-Chung3- Clothing and Pattern

Add the clothes on the body base. > Erase unnecessary lines, and keep the contours.
> Add patterns.

Nike-Tennis-ware-Sketch-to-Photoshop-rendering-e-Chou-Tac-Chung4-  Colors and shading

Choose your color palette.
> Add flat colors.

> Add shading and lighting.


Increase your pen pressure at each stage. Lighter you start, more “mistakes’” you can afford.

This quick tutorial is a preview to some of the upcoming

tutorials which I will explain and show you step by step on how to:

  • Draw people
  • Draw hands
  • Use Illustrator or Photoshop to create patterns
  • Use software to draw
  • Choose the right graphic tablet

Nike-Tennis-ware-Sketch-to-Photoshop-rendering-a-Chou-Tac-ChungIf you have any questions or things you would

like to learn and discover, please let me know in the comments below. It will

help me to know you more, and adjust the next tutorials to your needs.

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About The Author


Hello ! My name is Chou-Tac. I am a product designer from France. If the sketching methods I’ve acquired aid me in my life and in my industrial design career, I believe that they can also help you reach your design goal as a student or professional. My aim to help you all along with your design projects and journey. Anytime, feel free to leave a comment in the blog or send me an email at [email protected] : )



    Reply Reply July 30, 2017

    Hello Chou-Tac, I wanted ask if you’re able to go into detail about you applied the pattern/texture in Photoshop. The blend modes, opacity, layer effects etc because simply adding a texture and blending it with the color doesn’t seem so simple and straight forward.

    Thank you very much

  • Sari

    Reply Reply September 30, 2014

    Can’t wait for those step by steps! Ur awesome!

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