How To: Draw realistic looking clothing

Draw realistic looking clothing

After you start drawing people, you will undoubtedly want to dress them. Drawing clothing is all about knowing how clothes fall, fold and wrinkle. Check out this tutorial, and you will be drawing realistic folks in no time.
You Will Need
* A person wearing a T-shirt
* A graphite pencil
* Paper
* An eraser

Step 1: Draw a shirt
Draw the outline of a basic T-shirt.

Step 2: Add folds
Add folds to the sleeves, inside, and hem areas using v-shaped, curved, or hooked lines. Note shoulder areas tend to be flat while the body of shirt has a wavy appearance.
The lower edge of clothing is usually depicted by a wavy line.

Step 3: Add subtle folds
Add subtle folds. Notice where the body bends or bulges beneath the shirt, such as at breasts, elbows, waist, or back, and add these more subtle folds.
Fabrics fold and wrinkle in unique ways with leather being the most resistant and silk creating the most folds.

Step 4: Erase unwanted lines
Erase any unwanted lines you drew when outlining the shirt.

Step 5: Add tones
Add light, medium and dark tones, making shadowed areas, such as the inside of folds where it's darkest.

Step 6: Try other types of clothes
Try drawing more challenging clothes once you've mastered the T-shirt. With these tips under your belt, you can dress your figures in high style.

Did you know? U.S. law offers no copyright protection for garment design, allowing apparel manufacturers to produce "knock-offs" of popular styles.

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