How to Draw Folds and Wrinkles

For anyone who wants to be a professional drawer it is important to master the technique of drawing fold and wrinkles in clothes and apply it to the drawings that are so necessary. In this way, it is vital to understand the types of folds that might occur and the way they can be controlled in order to ensure a good drawing method. By knowing them, you can use each in the best way possible with the harmonization of so many styles.

The tools

The first thing to do is make sure that you have the right tool to begin with. The most recommended one is a soft stick like charcoal that is well sharped. The best way to sharp the stick is by using the craft knife. The sides need to be smooth with a sand pad in order to be able to use it while applying the right path of tone. The tools should always be used overhand. In this way there is the possibility of drawing strokes in all directions. The stick has to be placed perpendicular to the finger line.

The pipe folds

This is the most common pattern and it looks like organ pipes. Their shape varies from semi-conical to semi-cylindrical. They appear everywhere from drapery to clothes and are either stretched or loose. For the loose ones the fabric needs to be grasped from the top and let to fall. The other type can be obtained if the cloth is folded into a triangle. In this way the folds will look like cords.

The zigzag folds

In order to get the zigzag folds it is important to alternate the folds inside a tubular fabric. The folds appear usually in a bend arm of a jacket. The zigzags alternate the direction and it will create folds with an angle. On the horizontal there will be diamond shapes with different lighting on them because the directions in which they are placed does not let them be lightened in the same way.

The spiral folds

The folds in the spiral can be formed from tubular clothing like the one found on the sleeves. The direction of these folds is greatly influenced by the various gestures of the character of the drawing. In this way the number of present folds is affected. If the fabric chosen is soft, the spirals will be more rounded.

The half-lock folds

These types of folds may occur when the piece of clothing changes the direction. In this way, the parts of the clothes will change direction too. In this way, it can be created a powerful sense of movement and motion in the fabric.

The diaper folds

These folds can be formed by having two support points and the folds will radiate from them and meet in the middle of it all. The lowest point can be either curved or sharply bent. The degree of the bend will say a lot about the fabric and the slack. If the fabric is crisp, the break will be angular. It is good to study the way the medieval artists have used the folds because all the saints, angels and royalty had them on their clothes.

The drop folds

The basic thing about the drop fold is that it falls in a free manner from a single support point. There can be one or multiple folds that fall and playing with their alternation will give every artist the opportunity to bring a new sense in their drawings. Usually the drop folds have a conical shape and can be successfully used in order to dress a knee or a bent leg.

The inert folds

Every artist should know that these inert folds will add tremendous beauty to every drawing. The mass of folds can have several types included, but on the whole it is considered to be inert. It implies that all movement has just finished and the character is now resting.

It is important to study all these folds and wrinkles in the natural world. The first step to drawing them is to create them and after that observe the way they flow. A piece of cloth is more than enough to perform all these tricks. Also looking in the mirror at the way a certain piece of clothing fits you could be revealing important aspects.

The whole idea is to discover appropriate patterns which can be found between all sorts of gestures. However, it is vital to note that the fabric influences a lot the look of the folds. The success to drawing perfect folds is to practice and practice as much as possible. Observing and then drawing things over and over again is the key to success. Discovering the way the natural look springs out is important because in that way there is the possibility to make drawings as realistic as possible. 


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