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04 April 2005, 07:11 PM
I am hoping to get into the painting world(check my M&S), but my biggest problem is cloth shading and colouring any advice...colour composition?

04 April 2005, 08:08 PM
This is what I do: I'm not an expert AT ALL but my cloths turn out OK.
First, rough out the general shape of the cloth- is it square? hanging? etc. Then identify masses WITHIN the cloth. Cloth tends to settle into approximately triangular shaped masses. Lightly mark these triangles/rectangles (for the ripples)
Then you'll need to know about tone. Andrew Loomis's 'Creative Illustration' is good for this. In general, it's darkest BETWEEN the areas in the light and the half tone behind the light (due to reflected light.)
It's just a matter of basic tonal principles. Check out Lunatique's links on art theory for good explanatory principles.
Hang in there (pun intended):scream:

04 April 2005, 08:49 PM
thank you for responding, I appreciate the tip, It really helps...

04 April 2005, 10:55 PM
This really depends on what type of cloth it is. Silk, for example, will shade quite differently to linen with regards to shadows and highlights as they have quite different surface qualities (shinyness etc.).

Perhaps you could grab yourself some small pieces of different types of cloth, pose them and do some small studies of them before going into the complexity of your main picture.

This link ( has tutorials on painting different sorts of cloth (right hand side, towards the bottom).

04 April 2005, 01:35 AM
thank you guys, still trying..... lol...

04 April 2005, 05:13 AM
some results...10 mins... (

04 April 2005, 08:12 AM
You started off pretty well!
I think you need to introduce some 'hanging' elements in the cloth area below the buttocks. Normally, when a cloth hangs down from two points, you'll find deep ripples. Look at pictures of cloth to see what I mean.
You're going in the right direction though. Keep up the good work
Thanks for that link, ordibble. Very nice!

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