Rendering Techniques for Figure Drawing, Continued
How successfully you draw the folds of clothing on a figure has a great deal
to do with how realistic your drawings appear. Clothing on a figure does not
change in amount but, condenses. Condensed cloth creates folds in different
shapes and in different places. The shapes, place, and direction the folds
take is determined by gravity, tension, and action.
Shoulders for the coat, shirt, blouse, and the waist for the skirt and trousers
form gravity folds. The coat, supported by the shoulders, hangs free at the
waist. The action of the arms, and whether the coat is buttoned or
unbuttoned, determine how and where the folds appear.
Figure 3-54 shows the folds of a buttoned and unbuttoned coat.
Figure 3-54.Four examples of folds in a coat.
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