How To Draw A Cape

If you ever wanted to learn how to draw a cape, read on. In the movie The Incredibles, you'll remember a scene where E, the costume designer, tells Mr. Incredible "No capes!"

Edna: [throws a wadded ball of paper at Bob's head] No capes!

Bob: Isn't that my decision?

Edna: Do you remember Thunderhead? Tall, storm powers? Nice man, good with kids.

Bob: Listen, E...

Edna: November 15th of '58! All was well, another day saved, when... his cape snagged on a missile fin!

Bob: Thunderhead was not the brightest bulb...

Edna: Stratogale! April 23rd, '57! Cape caught in a jet turbine!

Bob: E, you can't generalize about these things...

Edna: Metaman, express elevator! Dynaguy, snagged on takeoff! Splashdown, sucked into a vortex!

Edna[shouts]: No capes!

how to draw a cape

By Loston Wallace
Capes may not be practical, but they sure look good.

They add drama and a sense of movement to a comic page.

Tips for drawing a cape well:

- A cape is cut like a half-circle.

- Keep the edges the same size.

- Start with the folds at the bottom, and work your way to the neck.

- Draw through your folds so they look right.

- Observe the pleating at the top of the cape, and the folds it creates.

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