Materials -> Fabric

Hi there!
Here we are to draw the way fabrics take shape.

Fabrics take shape because of the way they are stretched, pulled, worn, effected by external factors aaand gravity.

So let’s try to understand how these facts effect cloth to take shape:


cloth pulledYou can pull a piece of cloth in any direction with hanging, or putting it simply on table; a scarf around your neck; bending etc.

The first picture is the example for a pulled piece on the top, without showing the puller (maybe a hand). That piece can be a scarf or simply a piece of cloth.

About the directions of garments I can say that they are in the form of our body parts and as we move they move as well; they are being stretched, folds and grooves appear.

cloth bending

The one on the left is a scarf without pattern, with only contours, you can see the way it is bent.

The one on the right is being pulled by some facts from 3 points. Because of these bends we see both sides of the cloth.


Well, it can be your coat on your gardrobe; your towel or bathrobe maybe.

I used my shawl to see how to draw this:

cloth sp
My hand in exact proportions 😛


Gravity everywhere, in everything.

skirt sp.jpg

A girl standing still and her skirt is pulled down by gravity.


‘Then the door was open and the wind appeared
The candles blew then disappeared
The curtains flew then he appeared’

wind and curtain sp

Well, in the example I showed how the wind effects the curtain bend like a bow and showed the direction with that navy guideline and an arrow.

You can imagine that happens by an air contioner, too, or anything you can think of which is not written here (a landing helicopter and one’s t-shirt) :p


This title can be about garments.

During drawing fashion figures, as I know, you draw figures naked at firts, then put garments on torsos; garments take the shape of the body, are being stretched at the joints; by the human’s position take the shape of the figure; and overlapped.

polo neck sp.jpg

A loose polo neck and a guy.

knitted sp.jpg

Overleaping can be seen on sleeves, polo necks, lover part of trousers, curtain over height of the room’s story height -maybe-, grown up size cloak on an infant –forcing myself for more example 😀

pants sp

The crease line of the trouser in the middle (it may be a pattern as well) moves along with the folds; like in the bare foot drawings.



dress sp

Ruffle, pleat and other sewed parts in clothes.

And yes, some dresses -mostly for women I think- have some- hmm- bigger parts like balloons on the shoulders -meh- I don’t know fashion terms. Well, something like that 😀

In this post I tried to explain the way fabrics take shape by external factors.

In the next post I hope to examine textures of soft and hard fabrics with you. Making human figure wear a cloth is going to be here after human figure tutorial.


…Keep in touch! ^^

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