How to Draw Realistic Clothes

Artist: finalprodigy / February 15, 2011

Step 1.

Alright, let's draw a shiny satin dress. I chose to make this a full body drawing so starting out with the basic forms of the body helped.

Step 2.

I sketched in the basic form of the dress during this step.

Step 3.

Erase the guidelines until your dress looks like just another regular white dress.

Step 4.

Sketch in the folds. Notice the aren't just random lines in random places. Each fold is influenced by the form or the body/dress.

Step 5.

Lightly hint at the shading during this step. Remember to keep it light.

Step 6.

You can now start adding the shading from darkest to lightest. It is easier to tackle this in sections. Folds in different sections move in different directions. So after finishing the torso section I moved on to the waist section.

Step 7.

After finishing the waist section I moved on to the last section.

Step 8.

And finally we have our finished dress. If your dress isn't looking shiny enough try making your darks darker and your lights lighter. Creating contrast is key here.

Step 9.

Finally, I will show you how to build a Victorian-style dress. So, start out with the basic forms of the body sketched out.

Step 10.

Next, sketch in the basic form of the dress. It helps to add in some guidelines to help you get the perspective right.

Step 11.

Gradually develop the dress. Keep the shapes basic and the lines light.

Step 12.

Keep developing the dress...

Step 13.

Once you have added all that you want to add outline the main parts of the dress.

Step 14.

Now it's is time to start shading in piece by piece. It is up to you light/dark you make each part of your dress.

Step 15.

Here is the result of my shading. You can add as many details as you want and keep on shading until your dress looks perfectly realistic.

Step 16.

I hope this two part tutorial has been helpful. for those of you who stumbled on this part first check out the first part where I show you how to draw other types of clothing. Remember to upload your drawings so that I can see them!

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