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Offline Sleet

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« on: August 28, 2005, 01:40:33 pm »
Anybody have any good hints on drawing better looking clothing?
By this, I mean, adding things such as flowing garments, folds, wrinkles, poofiness, tears, etcetera.

Many of the clothes I make try to look like they're behaving as hey should, but it ends up failing, they look stiff and tight (example, example), and this is an aspect I would really like to work on improving right now.




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« Reply #1 on: August 28, 2005, 01:54:18 pm »
Okay. Clothes are tricky, so are folds. What you want to do is think of they're position and how the clothes would if you were wearing them. heres an example.

http://www.deviantart.com/view/21023033/

See the folds? Mine isnt perfect, but I think that it shows the general idea. You dont need folds everywhere. If there is a place where the clothing hangs, then do it straight, or slightly wavy. You want to fold where the clothing is either pulled by the bending of the body or is being manipulated by some other object or force.

http://www.deviantart.com/view/21939548/ PG-13 WARNING

And as you can see there, you can see that when something has folds in the cloth (the thing she has over her back) parts of the folds protrude outwards and fade back into the clothing or into another protruding fold. I hope this helps, im a horrible explainer
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« Reply #2 on: August 28, 2005, 02:20:13 pm »
The suggestion of thinking of how they'd look if you were wearing them is somewhat helpful. Everyone has clothes lying around, drape something over your arm or on your table, etc and get the folds to look how you want them to. Remember that clothing is going to fold and hang from whatever is underneath it, so you should draw it as such.

Another thing that I've found helpful are reference photos. Clothing catalogs, even ones online, can be helpful is they have models wearing said clothing.

I'm almost reluctant to admit it, but I found the following site to be useful for when I need to draw clothing with dynamic folds. Manga University Clothing tutorial.

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« Reply #3 on: August 28, 2005, 02:41:00 pm »
I'm not an artist, but I've heard drawing clothes is best if you sketch your characters nude first, then picture how clothes would drape over their figure and sketch those second.
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« Reply #4 on: August 28, 2005, 03:28:10 pm »
Quote (Lobar Shadowtail @ Aug. 28 2005, 7:41 pm)
I'm not an artist, but I've heard drawing clothes is best if you sketch your characters nude first, then picture how clothes would drape over their figure and sketch those second.

Yeah, that's what a lot of people do.

Learning to draw anything requires you to look at it and study it carefully first. Like everyone else said, you should either use your own clothes that you've got lying around or look at photographs. Mirrors are useful too... not just for clothes but poses and such. Stick on similar clothes to what the character is wearing (if possible) stand in front of the mirror and see where all the folds should be.

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« Reply #5 on: August 29, 2005, 04:53:23 am »
Clothes were a real pain for meh to, now I have troublwe with women, so hard to draw! Ill dig up sometin...

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« Reply #6 on: September 03, 2005, 12:47:24 am »
Quote (Lobar Shadowtail @ Aug. 28 2005, 2:41 pm)
I'm not an artist, but I've heard drawing clothes is best if you sketch your characters nude first, then picture how clothes would drape over their figure and sketch those second.

I do that.

Try standing in front of a miror in different poses and see how the clothes move with you.
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« Reply #7 on: September 03, 2005, 02:31:08 pm »
If you want to spend money on a book about drawing clothing, this one is excellent:

Dynamic wrinkles and drapery, by Burne Hogarth

But then again, any book by him is awesome.
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« Reply #8 on: September 03, 2005, 02:59:49 pm »
Hmm, some useful comments.
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« Reply #9 on: September 03, 2005, 10:36:53 pm »
Quote (Ulario @ Sep. 03 2005, 2:31 pm)
Dynamic wrinkles and drapery, by Burne Hogarth

But then again, any book by him is awesome.

Ahmen gryphon sista!

*coughs* Seriously yes, that's a great book. We carry it where I work.

You might try doing your original sketch in the nude, and then using tracing paper to repeatedly draw clothes over the sketch. Remember, folds go with the joints, creases, and 'tilting' of the body. If you've got your waist bent, your clothes will bunch and wrinkle.

I'm not so good with them either, but I've been getting some advice myself, and that was the one that stuck with me!
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