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Drawing Clothes

Drawing clothes on people can be a very difficult task. In fact, if you are interested in doing it correctly, it can be an especially difficult task. There are some strategies and techniques that will help you to draw clothes more accurately. Let’s take a look at some of them.

Drawing Clothes

First, drawing clothes on a person will never be accurate or good if the drawing underneath is inaccurate or sloppy. So, the most important thing you can learn when drawing clothes on people is to know how to draw the human figure anatomically correct. Make sure that you have your proportions drawn correctly to start. If you don’t, your drawing will begin and end the same, incorrect.

Clothes naturally flow over the body. There are a few factors that make this happen, namely gravity and kinetic force. These are two forces that you will want to consider when you clothe your drawings. Depending on the pose and these factors, how the clothes fall on your subject will vary between person to person.

For instance, if you have a right leg that is positioned forward, that will pull the fabric tight over the upper leg and create a flow of the fabric in the direction of the motion.

What makes clothing look right when drawing them on the figure is how natural and lively it flows and folds with the body in any position, whether sitting, standing or moving. How the fabric or clothing flows with the body and naturally folds in any kind of position is the artists objective.

Now let’s talk a little more about movement of the form and what affects the clothing and wrinkles and folds of the clothing. An important thing to remember when drawing clothes on the figure is careful observation. We say this a lot, but careful observation is the key to a lot of the challenges artists face and drawing clothes is no exception. For instance, notice if the clothing is smooth and taught over areas that are pushing against the fabric. Are your fold lines radiating out and away from the bends? Are you considering gravity? Lots of things to think about, careful observation is not to be overlooked.

Back to the movement, there are certain factors to consider when drawing clothes. Four basic movements should be carefully observed as to how they affect clothing’s wrinkles and folds. Stretching is the movement that is explained as extended or outstretched such as an arm extended or a figure standing straight and tall with next extended. Bending is explained as an arm bending or a figure bending at the waist. Twisting of the body is seen when the head turns from one side to another or the same motion at the waist. Why are these important?

All of these motions and movements create different dynamics of folds and wrinkles in clothing over the figure. These are drawn correctly when the artist learns to observe them correctly. This is the key to drawing the figure well and how to clothe the figure well. Observing correctly will help you understand how fabric flows with the body and help you draw natural folds and wrinkles in any pose.

The www.learning2draw.com website is all about helping people enhance their artistic capabilities. We want to help you improve upon your ability to draw clothes on people realistically as well as learn to draw the figure better. Our articles, downloadable eBooks, and other information can help you refine your current techniques and really become the best artist you can be.

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