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    Hey everyone I was wondering if anyone knows of any good tutorials or advice that would help me in drawing but mainly painting fabrics.

    My figures have started to come along but when doing studies of nudes, though some have fabrics and I find myself having to skip those ones or just simply outlining where the fabric is and unable to detail them.

    Any help is appreciated.

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    Why are you thinking of the cloth and fabric as different from any other aspect of the subject? And might I recommend googling "drawing fabric"?

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    Pay attention to seams, how it fits, flows and crease on the body. Knowing where seams are suppose to be on the body really helps to define or imply form. All of that is important to create the illusion that it is flattering or not for the character.
    Great source of reference on most clothing websites. They usually have a model wearing it in pictures and sometimes they have a video of the outfit.

    Most items on http://www.shopbop.com/ have a video of the model doing a turn around.
    Good luck and have fun driving in the world of learning about clothes

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    "Three's so little room for error."--Elwell
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    that is an awesome resource Cory

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    CA links:
    Ron Lemen's drapery tutorials: http://conceptart.org/forums/showthread.php?t=14739
    Drapery Studies thread: http://www.conceptart.org/forums/sho...d.php?t=129496

    Books:
    George Bridgman, Drawing the Draped Figure (originally published as The Seven Laws of Folds)
    Cliff Young, Drawing Drapery from Head to Toe
    Barbara Bradley, Drawing People: How to Portray the Clothed Figure


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    Also... Why not set up some drapery as a still life and practice drawing it? Taking the time to carefully observe and draw a mess of drapery really does help you wrap your head around it. And I do mean take your time... Don't rush through and fudge it.

    At any rate, stop skipping over the drapery - you'll never learn how to draw it until you try!

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    Yeah...the point is it isn't any different than anything else. It is form and it is lit.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dpaint View Post
    that is an awesome resource Cory
    I'm glad you liked it! Another favorite of mine is Leif Peng's flickr collection; http://www.flickr.com/photos/leifpeng/collections/
    his collection on illustrators include a number of pieces (like the one below) by Albert Dorne, whose wonderful examples of drawing drapery are highlighted in the FA pages. Of course you want to draw from life to understand. The great thing about the FA or Bridgman presentation of "the seven laws" is it gives you specific recurring effects to look for to help you make sense of a complicated visual reality.

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    Firstly thank you for everyone that has replied.
    Secondary cheers for the links and great advice. Corey, Elwel, QueenGwenevere, Frostblade and quite frankly jeffx99 for putting it so bluntly as you have

    Ill get back to practising it now, Thanks everyone.

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