Cloth and Clothing - 2D / 3D TRADITIONAL AND DIGITAL



This thread is dedicated to the study of CLOTH AND CLOTHING in 2D / 3D TRADITIONAL AND DIGITAL MEDIA.

Please post your best CLOTH AND CLOTHING STUDIES here!

[b][u]Please post:

[/u][/b]1. Your BEST WORK!
2. Medium used
3. Time spent to complete
4. A bit about your process

Thanks in advance for your posts! :slight_smile:



These aren’t so much cloth studies as they are fabric studies…Does that count? :stuck_out_tongue:

I’m guessing these took about 5 hours each. Initially layed out in pencil, then I inked over them. After that, it was a very very slow and painful process layering colors on with color pencils. The paper made it more difficult for my hard leaded pencils to stick.


This was a painted version of the stepmother. 4 hours (? I think?) in PS.


great stuff!!


Hi rebeccak!

Sorry I don’t have a drawing to post :sad:. I just wanted to ask if you suggest any specific books for learning how to draw folds. When drawing from memory, I find that after I finish the nude body and want to apply clothing, it’s very hard for me design it because I lack knowledge of how clothing works. Any help would be helpful =p, maybe you would even consider making a drapery tutorial too =p.




No worries, this is the perfect place to pose just such a question! :slight_smile:

Burne Hogarth wrote a book called Dynamic Wrinkles and Drapery, which I actually don’t have, but would like to get (I’ll add it to my growing list, lol!)

If this link doesn’t work, just Google the title and you are guaranteed to find it! :slight_smile:

Let me know how you like it! :slight_smile:

In terms of a tutorial, let me think about this…I was thinking of posting some kind of basic still life exercises, like drawing leaves, etc., but drapes / cloth make a lot of sense, so let me see…if I forget about it, don’t hesitate to remind me! :slight_smile:



Oh yes, I’ve heard of that book!
I think I’ll go purchase it since it’ll probably be useful for a very long time.

I’ll post here again and tell you how I like it, IF I get it :).

Thanks rebeccak!


It may not be the most interesting thing to look at, but it has a lot of hard work put into it. It was done with compressed charcoal on BFK Reeves paper. I’ve been working on it off and on the last month and just finished it the other night. I needed to get back into the flow of drawing with charcoal because of school starting up again. I’m sooo slow with charcoal, I think it’s just the flow of the medium. I’ve been too spoiled with digital, but it is a nice change of pace to work in charcoal again.

If you’re wondering how that cloth is hanging like that, there are two wooden mannequins hiding underneath the sides to hold it up.



Hmm what school do u go to?

I use conte’ …


Hi jjhei. I wasn’t a good enough of a student to attend state college, so i’m doing classes at my local community college. I’ve never used conte. It’s kind of funny that when I use painter i’m not too bad with the conte brush variants although I have no real knowledge of how they’re used traditionally.


Hey nice, keep up the good work.

Conte’ is just creamy, harder, and not as messy…
I think Charcoal reaches darker tones.



Beautiful work! I saw this last night, but didn’t get the chance to reply til now…I am hoping that your piece sets a precedent for the kind of work posted to this thread ~ as it’s a great example! Thank you for posting it, and I look forward to seeing more of your great work! :thumbsup:



My cloth studies so far. The pencil sketches took about 2 hours. I am still studying folds and I’m not sure how long it took me to do the digital pieces. I think probably at least an hour or more on the black ones. I used my son’s Batman cape as a
For me it is the hardest part of all when it comes to dressing a figure in one of my art images but I’ll keep practicing.:slight_smile:
Most were completed in Photoshop and some in PSP.



These are all really nice, thanks for posting these! :slight_smile: I REALLY like the bottom right two studies, however, and particularly the center b/w piece ~ that one is really beautiful, was that done in Photoshop or Painter, or a combination of the two? Either way, that study is fantastic! It would be really nice to see you incorporate this into a finished piece…:thumbsup:



Thank you Rebecca.:slight_smile: That means alot. I have a long way to go with cloth and especially an entire outfit. The black cloth I did in Photoshop.


here’s my latest drapery (also my best drapery to date) that i just finished last week for a class assignment:

done on 20x22 in wolf’s carbon and general’s white charcoal on grey tone. time spent is probably right around 15 hours. this is from life (set up in my living room). i don’t have in progress pics, but i roughed out outlines/shadow shapes, did all but a little of the shading first, then went back in with the white pencil to help develop form and clarify fold construction



WOW…speechless. :thumbsup: That is just an incredibly beautiful piece of work! You’d better get an ‘A’! :scream:

Thanks for posting this up! :bounce:

Cheers, :slight_smile:



thanks… :slight_smile: i’m glad you like it… i hope my teacher agrees. :slight_smile:

he’s a really hard grader, so we’ll see…


Hmm, well we’ll all send him a letter of protest if he gives you a ‘B’. :wink:




so… got my grade today… i got the only A in the class… :slight_smile: w00t!

(actually, it was an A-, but the AAU doesn’t record + and -)