I am planning to buy a book about drawing drapery for this X'mas; probably, I will get Hogarth' s "Dynamic Wrinkles and Drapery"; but anyway, I would like to hear more suggestions from you guys . Are there any other inspirational and useful drapery books I should also consider??
Also, pls tell me how you practise for drawing / painting drapery?? setting up a still-life
? or grab photos from magazines and copy them?? I need any kinds of advices
I have it, and I've never liked it. There are a few good parts but they'd barely fill a pamphlet.
I keep having this idea of finding a big, inexpensive, posable doll (maybe a DragonTM figure) and dressing it with fabrics to get folds right. That, and build some mini-drapes for stationary stuff like tablecloths, rugs and, er...drapes.
Maybe even create some actual clothes for characters I'll be drawing frequently.
set up a still life; use chairs or whatever prop you have in your studio, home, bedroom etc to lay the drapery on;
Work from life if you dont have books to hand;
set up a small still life if work space is an issue; use a T-shirt, or plain piece of clothing draped over a chair or hanging on your door;
(if your like me) and drop your clothes on the floor of an evening - draw that! A ruffled pair of jeans make a great drapery still life!
Yeah, good advice. I learned a trick for this a long time ago - create an articulating joint using empty paper towel rolls and whatever you have to attach them, like masking tape, and throw a sleeve or piece of fabric around it.
Then there's the old trick of putting a pair of big mirrors opposite one another. You can get a hell of a lot of poses and perspectives that way.
Last edited by JQP; February 10th, 2007 at 10:20 PM.
To understand drapery and draw it well you need to understand some basics about the language of representational art. Do you understand cross contour and hatching? Do you understand planes? Can you do a planar analysis of the drapery? Do you understand the "anatomy" of a fold ? Do you understand tonal pattern and how it expresses the illusion of form in space? Have you done any copies of drapery from master drawings?
Follow the Nicolaides directions. Go through the series of exercises. Don't expect to learn everything in 10 easy lessons and good luck!