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How to draw clothes with different textures

This tutorial will show you how to draw clothes, so that they look soft, shiny, etc.

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Step 1

How to draw leather or other shiny material:
1. If you are drawing on RMD, you'll only need fill tool to do this. Start by coloring the whole area, then look for darkest shadows. Put transparency of the same colour around 40-60% and draw the shadows.
2. Then change colour to white (if you have very shiny material) or very near white (if it's not that shiny). Leave transparency the same and do the brightest parts.
3. Lower transparency and draw less shiny or shady parts of clothing.

If you are drawing non black clothing or if the light is not white, there might be some areas that are not the same shade or even the same colour as the rest of that piece of clothing.


Step 2

Worn leather:
You will need fill and pencil tool.

1. Start again with shadows, but with transparency around 30-40%.
2. Then lower your transparency a little more and chance to pencil tool ( size 2-4 depends on how big is the part you're drawing). Smudge the edges you made before just a little. It's important that you are still able so see some lines, so that material doesn't appear to be too smooth.
3. For the higlights use only pencil tool and light shade of your colour.
4. And for the final touch make some shiny lines with fill tool (and white or very light colour).



Step 3

How to draw jeans:
Again-fill and pencil tool.

1. Again start with shadows.
2. Smudge the edges, this time with shorter lines (so that material appears more as a fabric).
3. Then do the highlights the same way as before.
4. Change back to fill tool and enhance the creases with highlights and shadows closely together (the brightest and darkest parts are the closest where the creases are).


Step 4

You will need fill tool just to create the main shape. You will also need pencil and airbrush.

1. Start by drawing the main shape with fill tool.
2. Draw shadows with fill tool on very low transparency and smooth the edges with airbrush. For smaller shadows use pencil on low transparency.
3. For highlights use pencil tool with lighter shade of your colour and low transparency. Again you want the lines to be seen so don't make them blend with the rest of the colour completly.


Step 5

Cotton (or any similar material used for shirts):
You will need fill tool and airbrush.

1. Make the shadows and highlights with airbrush (you can also make them with fill tool on very low transparency, but it's usually easier to do this with airbrush. If you use fill tool, you'll probably use more ink).
2. For creases use fill tool on very low transparency. Every one has a lighter and darker part, so draw light and dark line next to each other. The shadows and highilghts mustn't be too strong, because cotton can be easily wrinkeled. You can use airbrush again when you have already drawn them.



Step 6

Feathers or other fluffy material:
You need fill tool.

1. Draw the main shape of the object just a little smaller than you want it to be. Put transparency on around 40% and start drawing narrow shapes (just try to make almost straight lines). Make sure you are drawing them in right direction.
2. Make higlights by simply drawing lighter shapes.
3. When you have done highlights, make some more lines with your original colour (it helps it look more natural).


Step 7

Transparent materials:
You will need fill tool and airbrush.

1. Don't draw the basic shape first. Rather start by making some darker lines where there is something behind the fabric (for example legs).
2. Gradually start drawing lighter shapes.
3. Airbrush near edges (on the inside) with the colour you were drawing material, then airbrush near edges (on the outside and a little on the inside) with background colour. That makes it look more transparent. Use middle to low transparency.

Thank you for reading this tutorial and I hope it was helpful! :D

Drawings used:
Step 2 and 3: Outside (with reference picture)
Steps 1 and 4-7: Jealousy (with reference picture)
Step 1: C'mon turn into cube

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