The 6 Fold Types Every Illustrator Should Know When Drawing Clothing
Are you interested in painting or drawing clothing more convincingly on a character? Maybe your fashion designs appear unnatural or flat in relationship to the body. Then having a good understanding of the various types of folds and how they wrap around the human form will help you achieve better visual results when illustrating clothing. Folds show depth and volume for forms that are large or small underneath a given material. Folds can also visually support an action or motion in a form. A good place to start is by studying the human form and breaking down various body parts into simple shapes. By determining how they appear in three dimensional space you can begin to apply clothing hemlines and edges that follow the contours of the body accurately. When it comes to the edges of different materials you'll want to be sure to maintain a sense of volume so the articles of clothing do not appear skin tight. Being mindful of your line work and how you wrap a material's form around a specific body part will determine this. Once you have established how these hemlines and edges of clothing will be placed on the body you can start blocking in articles of clothing. Depending on what part of the body the clothing is being applied to will produce a specific type of fold. There are some common fold types that occur which you'll need to become familiar with.