Just something I did for fun and to practice using my coloured pencils.
For some reason over the holidays I felt this strange compulsion to try to draw different types of hats, so here they are! These are drawn using fashion photos as reference, obviously amending them into a more anime/manga style.
Fashion photos have actually always been my reference of choice. Back when I just used to do a bit of occasional sketching it would always be from magazine photos. I liked to try to replicate the folds and textures of clothing.
I belong to the school of thought that it is a good thing to copy other artists work (for your own practice, obviously, not to pass it off as your own). I find it helpful to draw from other artists work because it helps to experiment with using different styles in order to find your own. I used to only copy exactly what I saw, but I find that nowadays when I draw from others' work I tend to change things, sometimes just slightly, maybe only a few details, sometimes drastically changing the style (like in the third picture). As time has gone on I have found ways that I like to do things and I have started to develop a style of my own, but as I am still not very good when it comes to drawing out of my head, I still need something to work from to help me get poses and clothing right.
The first picture comes from some concept art from the second season of Darker Than Black. The second is from アンのマゴマゴ図書之国 (Ann no Magomago Tosho Land), and the third from 天使1/2方程式 (Tenshi 1/2 Houteishiki), both in Japan's Hana to Yume manga magazine.
Some fairly simple poses for practice. I need to draw a lot more of these! I used a few sources for reference - some pose examples on pinterest and some from Mark Crilley's How to Draw Manga book.
The girl shouting was drawn from a magazine photograph, she accidentally ended up on the same page as the pose practice but seeing as I drew her for the same reason I left them together.