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Fabric Tutorial by DerSketchie Fabric Tutorial by DerSketchie
I know it's a little cramped, but here's a fabric type/clothing tutorial. I was recently requested to create this, hopefully it will cover what's needed, but if there's more that you wish to see send me a note and I'll get on it!

Some basic notes that are fairly generic, but didn't really show up on the image above:

- thick fabric like corduroy or denim is very stiff and dense, so the creases are usually large and sometimes awkward looking. When you bend your knee - even just while walking - the jean will scrunch up and actually keep protruding over the knee. Seriously, when you're out and about look at someone wearing jeans and look at their knees. 75% of the time they will be bunched at the knees, unless they're really tight or have a lot of elastic mixed in with the fabric.

- All fabrics get looser over wear and washes. Sometimes you'll notice your favourite pair of jeans getting more moveable and/or softer. Sometimes an already soft cotton shirt will feel thinner or lighter.

- dress pants usually hang loosely on the body. Sometimes with womens dress pants they are tighter around the butt and upper leg (starting to flare out around the knee) so they will be tighter. Elastic is usually added to the fabric so a pack sausage look can be avoided when sitting or bending.

- half the difficulty of getting the fabric right is having the body itself looking proportionate and proper. You may want to even pull a Klimt and draw/paint the fleshy body itself before drawing/painting on the clothing. The way the shoulders slope on the shirts above, that's not the clothing, it's the body underneath.

- when fabric is blowing in the wind or draping elegantly it doesn't just stay straight and flat, it folds over itself and flaps around. Look at a curtain sometime, a lot of fabrics have the same kind of draping effect like silk and chiffon, as you can see above.

I will be adding more tips to this section (with updated dates) so keep checking in!
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:icongenerationko:
GenerationKO Featured By Owner May 13, 2015  Student Traditional Artist
This is an amazing tutorial! It really helps me answer the question why none of my characters feel alive from the waist down! Thank you soo much!!
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ShinigamiRyuku Featured By Owner May 11, 2015
Amazing tutorial.
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Angelofhybrids Featured By Owner May 8, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
very helpful,thanks for the tutorial ^^
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SarahCatNergiz Featured By Owner May 3, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Really Cool! 👍😊
In my School, Show the Teacher us all also something! (Fashion School)
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Aggie-tan Featured By Owner May 3, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
SIIIIIILK *-*
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ShadowHawk137 Featured By Owner May 3, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Praise Ipthar, I've been looking for a good fabric tutorial (as I'm horrendous at drawing clothes) and this is literally perfect. Thank you so much for sharing!
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SheenaChan19 Featured By Owner May 3, 2015
Thanks for this tutorial. It's going to help a lot ^^
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Blackbaron250 Featured By Owner May 3, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
This will be so useful. Thanks!
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candaceleeparks Featured By Owner May 3, 2015  New Deviant Hobbyist General Artist
I was just trying to figure this stuff out...thanks for posting :)
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Eloska Featured By Owner May 2, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow, so very useful!
Thanks so much for putting this together :meow:
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LunaReach Featured By Owner May 25, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I love you so much right now! You just don't know... Thanks for the tutorial!
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joshhood Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
this is all so fantastic. 
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MinhosPen Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Wow That`s useful images..
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Silver4012 Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2014  Student General Artist
Very useful :) Thanks!
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Akhan16 Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2014  Student General Artist
I needed this tutorial! :D (Big Grin) 
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Glucik12 Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Llama Emoji-58 (Up and Down) [V3] 
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orange-pirates Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2014
Thanks for the tutorial :) 
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sceneecupcake Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2013
Thank you! This is really useful c:
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kentsutanza Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
nice one! Love it !:D (Big Grin) 
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deideiblueeyez Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I just LOVE drawing wrinkles on pants, so I guess my defaults for clothing are "polyster-cotton blend" T-shirts and corduroy pants :la:
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spudly1000 Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2013
cheese
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Mr-Asquith Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2013
Nice, job, this is quite informative. Thank you. :aww:
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tZuB Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
awesome!!

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FireYuuki Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
awesome!
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salimagination Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2013
sip
thanks a lot
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uglyjetster Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2013  Student General Artist
awh yeah baby! thaaanks a lot! :)
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rockstarcrossing Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
This should help me!
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PicklePieCow Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2013
This is wonderful! Thank you so much for this.
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Wallaceclan Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This really helps. Cloth wrinkles have always been a pain in the @#%$#$$$#^&$%&$#&% for me.
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Joyceola Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Awesome that you're doing all these tutorials :D
This is exactly what I need
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TheClawTheySay Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Great stuff that is clear, easy to understand and useful - thanks!
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RoseSagae Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Incredibly helpful, thank you!
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glustora Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
holy carp this is perfect
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vampeer1 Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
very nice! I should pay more attention to different types of fabric in my future drawings;)
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zombienoodles14 Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2013
Clothes are always hard to draw , haha . Thanks for this , really!
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Milo-Wildcat Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2013  Student General Artist
Very nice tutorial :D
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resuki Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Other random fun fact: the buttons on really little kid's clothing is like the buttons on women's clothing. This is because it's easier to put clothing on another person when the buttons are on the left. :)
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KtObermanns Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks! Always nice to have a good refresher.
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Skully-Keys Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Brilliant stuff!
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EliPoppy Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2012  Student
Thank you for sharing your wisdom :D
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Yumezaka Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2012  Professional Filmographer
Wonderful tips! Thank you for sharing!!
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ThisIsMissMic Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2012  Student
this is honestly the most helpful clothing tutorial i've seen so far
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yuukihana Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
Oh my gooodness its perfection! cant wait to show you what come out of thse tutorials of yours! <3 thanks!
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SheldonGoh Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2012
This is amazingly clear and concise. A great reference piece and a great help. Thanks! :)
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DerSketchie Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2012
youuuu're welcome!
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Llovesart Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
very nice tutorial!
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stopsigndrawer81 Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Looks helpful!
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