How to Draw Clothes – Shading Cloth and Folds

How to Draw Clothes – Shading Cloth and Folds



hey everyone this is a way and for this video I'm gonna be doing a shading on on cloth now first of all you're gonna do any kind of cloth joins I highly recommend you getting this the dynamic wrinkles and drapery by Hogarth and this is pretty much the Bible for cloth with this book you know you get a really good understanding of just how cloth works and the dynamics of cloth and this is really useful if you're gonna walk off without any kind of reference and this will give you a really good understanding now for shading cloth there's it's pretty much like you know shading anything else but there are certain things about it that will you know help bring your cloth to life and I'll be talking about that as I'm drawing so let's get started alright so I'm gonna sketch this real quick just some basic lines now one of the things with coffee is that you just need to visualize it right what what is it doing so this is the major shape right here right this little so I'm going to sketch that one first so it's gonna come straight up and it's gonna turn in so there's just this bulge here right it's gonna turn in this way and then it's gonna be one crease here and then just one just this line here he's got a loop so it's like a little loop in there okay and then just just the other form here and then this line here and then this flows down okay here so this comes out here and it's gonna come straight down like that now roughly because the camera angles a little bit different from what I'm seeing so okay so from this the way to shade it is to carefully observe you know what a shadow and highlights are so I'm gonna start with the shadow area like little creases in there right this is really toric so I'm just gonna start shading it dark okay this is dark here I'm gonna do this is some of the dark areas first now its darkest inside right and then kind of fades out right there just kind of fades out a little bit okay so here here's another crease inside in here you see how dark this is so I'm gonna make that line okay now for this right here you gotta envision like you know the way to envision cloth is is what happens if you have a line going through this thing like how will travel and you need to be able to see that kind of curvature right so that the more you see it the more you understand how this light and shadow works you can see like this area right here this is light and then you have the darker areas here and important thing that sells this curvature is the reflective light right there you know that the fact that this is white you know it shows it that is round so when I'm sketching when I'm shading that I'm gonna exaggerate I'm gonna leave that bottom portion of their light okay now obviously is exaggerated but I'm just trying to show you how important that reflective like this so this area area is having a little bit darker right this is not a darkest dark it yeah dark and this whole area is like cave in there so it's dark and it cut lines up as you go here sinks in a little bit stork again okay so and then here let's see this is dark and then there's a rim right here right it's a little bit lighter right here okay so you can see by having the reflective light on the on that edge right there how that really sells the shape so when you're doing cough that's really important because the the shape of the cloth is so complex if you don't have that then it's just a little flat my hand is a little bit weird so I'm trying to reach around a camera so just bear with me so okay here just kind of dark and you see how here right this is a lighter area so you're just kind of you can define that shape a little bit if you like you could do like a light sketch line over you know just to show it so you know where the shade so this is dark right here right dark and this is light one okay again it's not reflective light again I'm gonna exaggerate it so I'm gonna shade up here okay so this edge right here is a little bit harder so that's why it's a little bit darker it's like a really small cylinder right if you think about it lighting wise here so you see having that right there that little bit reflective like how that cells is shaped to be a hump and that's important and then here you can see how this this is shadow there now I stashed shape obviously because you know the line is actually like going like this like that right so that's why this corner here is darker and it's done so you can continue that as like a little real valley and they just got come flat out plans out and then again you see there's reflective light on this edge and that helps you to sell the shape that this is you know like a round shape I can't going over going over the edge so when you're shaving it yeah you got to leave a little bit of that highlight still there and it's best if you can just leave the paperwhite I supposed to erasing later I guess okay so I just got to show you this a real quick okay so you see how that little you know that reflective light and just a little bit of finally you know shading it there and that helps you get all this intricate shape of it you know going in and out and that's what you know that's how you shake cloth it's just a lot of observation you just got to make the correct observation and it's better to exaggerate the reflective light then to go to subtle just so that it helped you to justice elder the curvature a little bit better so here's like a little bit darker because it pinches it's a little area like that really helps I mean and as you're doing it that's what you know just like sketching in general you go light and then you go darker and darker and as you're shading you're gonna you can start seeing more and more just you know different variations that you might not see at the beginning that's why if you go light as you're doing it you're gonna see more and more stuff and that way you won't make you know too many mistakes there's nothing wrong with going slow okay here light just a little bit harder edge right here it's kind of thin see there's a little bit reflective light on this one too because this is a ridge itself so it's getting there I mean you excuse my we're awkward joint position with okay so that would be an example on how to shade cloth right so to recap on how to shake cloth first thing you do is people visualized you know how to how to cloth is folding in and out so just try to imagine you as if there's a line here how it's gonna go you know how it's gonna come up and come back down so you can kind of visualize that in your drawing to you it's just you're doing it you know try to understand where you know what how this thing is folding in and out and the second thing is really important if you get you know because there's a lot looking there's a lot of reflective lights it's kind of like a cylinder right if you have a you know how to shade a cylinder you know you have to terminate it there and then there's all there's always some reflective light there you know if your light source right here then you got a shadow because the lights reflecting back so it's the same way here you know these are just basically the little cylinders so that's why you need to really need the reflective light and the third thing is it's really important to have contrast because that's help pops turn things up you see how if I make this a little bit darker this area right here if I do that this edge comes right out right because the white always pops pops out from the dark from the black so but if I accentuate this this edge pops out a little bit more right so it's those little contrasts that that will really help you you know help your drawing cell to shape that there's all these things going on you know in and out in and out there's a lot of observations just like drawing and analysis but there's certain things that about cloth tight you just need to keep in mind so give this a shot and see how it goes and I'll see you next time

45 Replies to “How to Draw Clothes – Shading Cloth and Folds”

  1. Thanks a lot. I realized what mistake i was doing when i used to draw ears, after watching this video. ๐Ÿ˜Š

  2. Thank you, this video was very helpful. I had absolutely no idea how to paint material. Your instructions were very simple and able to be understood . Thank you again.

  3. thank you thank you thank you mr wei !!!! your videos have been helping me so much with my art. you always make things simple to follow .

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  5. I noticed you only use one kind of pencil for your shading? Is it okay to use the lighter shade and darker shade pencils for the shading areas?…Or is that like, cheating? ๐Ÿ™‚

  6. well done keep up your good work. our art teacher sets us homework to watch your videos and to learn and replicate what you do. You're such a good drawer keep it up!

  7. Wei. You are so great at explaining things in terms I understand. Thank you so much for these fantastic videos!

  8. ๐Ÿ™ It is so annoying trying to draw stuff like this! I wish I could just press a bouton that says get better at drawing!
    Thanks for the tutorial

  9. Great video but i still don't know how can I shade it do i have to use cross hatching or just blending ? Coz I see u doing both

  10. Thanks Wei .You are a wonderful teacher; simple ,clearย  with good elocution Just looking ย at this little clip and I know I can now do folds…

  11. thank you so much! You don't how frustrated that we gotta draw a cloth without any pre-training in two hour at our uni๐ŸŒš

  12. It helped me a lot since I had to do this for college
    Thank you very much!It's by far the best tutorial on youtube about this subject!

  13. hey can you come up with a video on how to achieve a grey texture using a graphite pencil as wellas drawing a leather material, and if possible, a real time drawing, please if you dont mind

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