How to Draw Clothing: Moving Folds

Watch a drawing demo on how to draw clothing, starting with a brief discussion to explain the different fold types. There are several different fold types: pipe fold, moving fold, half lock fold, dead fold, diaper fold, zig zag fold, and spiral fold. The drawing demo shows drawing techniques using Procreate and colored pencils on how to draw moving folds while also talking about the challenges of drawing clothing and providing advice for how to start. Discussion and drawing demo by Art Prof Clara Lieu and Teaching Artist Jordan McCracken-Foster.

Video Walkthrough

  • Reviewing all the fold types: pipe fold, diaper fold, spiral fold, dead fold, zig zag fold, half lock fold.
  • Focus on the largest shapes and any curves in the folds.
  • Moving folds have very little tension compared to other folds.
  • Observing clothing that involves multiple fold types.
  • Don’t get stuck on all the tiniest folds in the moving folds.
  • Think about the moving folds as the opposite of a dead fold.
  • Start with very simple, structural lines with the moving folds.
  • Caran d’Ache crayons work well layered over colored pencil, but not the other way around.
  • Drawing on black paper is helpful to see highlights more concretely.
  • Prof Lieu’s technique for blocking in patches of color with colored pencil.
  • Line is fundamental to the way Jordan draws.

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