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Daily 2011-5-25 by Marscaleb Daily 2011-5-25 by Marscaleb
A samurai warrior in meditation.

If it were not that the whole idea of this project is to get better at drawing, I would say many unkind things to whoever it was (me) that decided I should draw a guy wearing those Japanese MC Hammer pants. But this is a learning experience, and I think I am getting slightly better at drawing those folds and wrinkles in the clothes. But I really need a tutorial or something so I can make some greater improvements.

Some things though have not been giving me trouble. Maybe it's just me, but I don't seem to have problems with knees. I'm not even thinking about them and they come out pretty good. Elbows are kind of iffy, but my knees come out great.

Critical feedback requested.

Technical info:
Sketched and inked on paper.
Colors adjusted on computer.

I later made a colored version: [link]
iheartsendai Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2011
I think you're off to a good start. :)

For critique, I would say that you have his clothes fitting skin tight. They'd look more realistic if you allowed them to blouse out beyond his body. I actually have a cosplay pic. of myself in pretty much this exact get-up and pose:


If you look at the photo, you can see the added bulk of the clothing and the way the fabric of the hakama (the MC Hammer pants ;) ) pools out around my legs, and the way the weight of the fabric of the kimono and haori (kimono jacket) hang from my shoulders without being tight against my body.

I don't have a specific tutorial, but I always try to imagine the planes of the body (shoulders/chest muscles, etc.) and imagine the fabric floating downward to drape off those planes. It can help a lot in setting the wrinkles and folds right.

Anyway, nice piece and good luck! :)
Marscaleb Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh man, if I could have found that picture I could have made the clothes look way better; that totally is the same pose!
I definitely needed the top to blouse out more, now that I can see a reference for it.

Drawing clothes is something I've been struggling with, and I greatly welcome any advice I can get. ;)
Thanks for the input!
iheartsendai Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2011
You're welcome! :)

One more tip I'd give (to any non-sewers who may not know) is go to a fabric store and just walk around lifting up and touching the different types of fabrics. It's helpful to see how organza behaves vs. corduroy and such.
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