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Clothes tips
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Published: November 15, 2010
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In a way clothes are the same as hair, there is no exact way to draw it. Just takes a lot of practice.

First things first, apply gravity, the clothes will always be hanging downwards unless they’re in a vacuum, moving or there is wind.

If you want the clothes tight, they should hug the contours of the body. The clothes will stretch on the thicker parts and have less wrinkles, on the parts that taper down, the clothes will start to bunch up and cling.

Different fabrics will behave differently some are more stiff, some are softer, and some are elastic.

For loose clothes, try to pinpoint the part that stick out the most, the clothes will drape from there, e.g. top of the shoulders, chest, arms.

When adding layers of clothes keep in mind the thickness of each garment, since they will build up with each one added.

Some good ways to understand how fabrics behave is to draw clothes out of a magazine or draw your bed cover. Once you have a general understanding it’s easy to apply.

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FantasyRebirth96's avatar
Thank you very much for the tutorial! ill make very much use for it! (no i will not steal these poses and no i don't trace just to throw that out there i mean it but ill practice drawing these carefully)
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KattykatartistHobbyist Digital Artist
Do you use Photoshop?
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omkrubHobbyist Traditional Artist
Many thanks senpai :D
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jd84Professional General Artist
great study
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MindyTheGamerGirlHobbyist Artist
It's hard but helpful
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AnarchyNekoStudent Traditional Artist
Thank you Anatomy senpai
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Thank you so much
I need all the help I can get OTL
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ann47 General Artist
this is  very  useful for my practices of draw ;D 
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NashazieHobbyist Digital Artist
thank you for this!
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BlackTeaGRLHobbyist General Artist
Picking up my character drawing again and I have a couple people I want in action shots so this will help along the way, definitely! Glad I found this :D Thank you!
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N-tellect-statusStudent Digital Artist
You are solving all of my drawing problems
I am eternally grateful
dysio's avatar
I like this its really helpfull.
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reddragon122100Student General Artist
Oh my glob I love you right now! Thank you!
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ElectricEurekaStudent Digital Artist
This helps so much! Thanks for sharing.
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Dee-ArtistHobbyist General Artist
This can also be very useful.  Thanks again! :D
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FlooiProfessional Filmographer
I have been told I draw fabrics really well, to bad I'm not much good in the other areas xD
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SparkleFairyMangoFshStudent General Artist
I finally got a new sketch pad, so I'll be practicing T^T
I could really use the practice

thanks for the tips, I  hadn't thought of the magazine thing before♥
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I always put either too many creases/wrinkles or too many, or I don't know where to put them. :/
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PintSizeArtist95Hobbyist Traditional Artist
i love your tutorials, thanks
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yasermohaviHobbyist Digital Artist
Base color is with hard brush what about shading and highlights ? (hard or soft brush)
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:dance: These are really helpful! It would be awesome if you did one on how to color/shade clothing, as well! I think that's something a lot of artists struggle with, too. 
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thanks for the tips. I like that you added the fold types, that's so useful :)
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yoociHobbyist General Artist
Thank you so much QwQ
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