How To Draw Clothes

how to draw clothes

Image By Loston Wallace

This tutorial will show you how to draw clothes. We can't always draw superheroes in tight spandex, and as artists it's important to identify and tackle our weak areas in order to improve.

1. Notice that the lines on the supporting surface (the shoulders) are relatively straight, and the bulges occur in the sleeves which hang down from the shoulders.

2. Here, as the right arm is raised, there is a pull at the area near the armpit. We see crush folds at the shoulder. As for the left arm, we see crush folds at the armpit as the arm hangs down touching the side because the shirt was originally made with the sleeves at 45-degree angles.

3, 4, and 5. We see the effect of the arm in various degrees of extension. As the arm extends outward, the crush folds in the armpit disappear.

6 and 7. With the elbow bent, we see straight lines near the elbow where the material is being pulled, and crush folds on the opposite side.

how to draw clothes

We continue learning how to draw clothes in this image. The first image was all about correctly drawing the folds in shirts. This one deals with drawing pants. For the sake of clarity, the drawings show the legs as well. Basically, there are four main areas which folds radiate outward from when drawing pants. You should memorize them: the hips, crotch, buttocks, and knees.

1. You can see all four locations in this image.

2, 3, and 4. Notice how the folds run diagonally from the knees.

5. Notice that with one leg forward and the other back, the supporting surfaces of the pants legs are on opposite sides.

6 and 7. Notice how the material bunches up behind the knee and near the pocket.

how to draw clothes

1. In this image we see that as the arm is thrust forward, the pulling action originates at the armpit, and there are crush folds at the joints - the shoulder and elbow. Notice the smooth line at the bottom of the sleeve from the wrist to the armpit and compare it with the top of the sleeve.

2. This image shows that as both arms are thrust forward, the pull originates from the shoulderblades, sides, and armpits.

3. This diagram shows how the outward projection of the breasts affects the material.

4. When the elbow is bent, there's a pull at the elbow and armpit, and there are crush folds at the shoulder.

5. This is the same action as image 4, seen at a different angle.

how to draw clothes

1. In this image, we see that the folds originate at the hip, and radiate in diagonal lines to the opposite leg, which is the supporting surface.

2. With the body bent forward, the waist becomes the supporting surface, and the material of the skirt hangs down loosely. Compare the hem of the skirt in number 2 to the one in number 1.

3. Number 3 is similar to number 1, with the leg raised slightly higher. Notice the effect this has on the folds.

4. This image shows that we find crush folds in areas with no tension or pulling action.

5. The pull originates from the left hip. Notice that the left leg is supporting the weight of the body.

6. With the legs crossed, the loose material where the legs meet is making crush folds.

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