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Offline Domafox

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How to make clothing folds
« on: November 01, 2005, 02:05:24 am »
Domafox here.  I already have a hard time doing line folds and I try to use photoship to create the the lighting effects, but I end up making it look flat.


I know if there may have been some posting of this before, but I would like some diagrams of how others make clothing folds in line art or photoshop.


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How to make clothing folds
« Reply #1 on: November 01, 2005, 06:50:30 am »
I haven't seen any really good clothing folds tutorials yet. Most of them are useful, but rather short (for example this one at Polykarbon).

The most important thing to remember is that folds also change the outline of the character. So if you start thinking about them the moment you start coloring or shading, you're too late already.

When I draw folds, I start with the lines that indicate the top of every fold. They will more or less follow the directions as shown in the tutorial, but where clothing gets bunched up (usually at the inside of the elbows and the knees), they form all sorts of Z, Y, X and H shapes as they intersect. It takes some practice to get these patterns right, especially for different types of fabric. Depending on the direction of your light source, you can then shade one side of the line darker and the other side lighter. (Ofcourse there are exceptions; here I left the top of every fold light and used a darker color around it, but that's because there's a more diffuse light coming from straight above.)

I don't think I'm making much sense here, but I don't have enough time right now to illustrate it '<img'>.

Again, the best you can do is to draw from real life. Take a piece of clothing and throw it on the table in front of you (no not flat, nice 'n artsy). Or wait until someone falls asleep on the couch. Or use a photograph. Then make a few black and white drawings of the folds, with only a few lines and lots of shading.
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How to make clothing folds
« Reply #2 on: November 01, 2005, 07:54:26 am »
I know a good book about clothing if you want to spend money on a book.

"Drawing Dynamic Wrinkles and Drapery" by Burne Hogarth.
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« Reply #3 on: November 01, 2005, 10:59:27 am »
This tutorial I've found is pretty good:
Manga U Clothing Tutorial

It doesn't cover photoshop or color, though.  It's just a basic little thing...
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