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How to Draw Clothes

Discover the naked truth – drawing clothes is all about correctly interpreting folds.


  • Step 1: Draw a shirt Draw the outline of a basic T-shirt.
  • Step 2: Add folds Add folds to the sleeves, inside, and hem areas using v-shaped, curved, or hooked lines. Note shoulder areas tend to be flat while the body of shirt has a wavy appearance.
  • TIP: The lower edge of clothing is usually depicted by a wavy line.
  • Step 3: Add subtle folds Add subtle folds. Notice where the body bends or bulges beneath the shirt, such as at breasts, elbows, waist, or back, and add these more subtle folds.
  • TIP: Fabrics fold and wrinkle in unique ways with leather being the most resistant and silk creating the most folds.
  • Step 4: Erase unwanted lines Erase any unwanted lines you drew when outlining the shirt.
  • Step 5: Add tones Add light, medium and dark tones, making shadowed areas, such as the inside of folds where it's darkest.
  • Step 6: Try other types of clothes Try drawing more challenging clothes once you've mastered the T-shirt. With these tips under your belt, you can dress your figures in high style.
  • FACT: U.S. law offers no copyright protection for garment design, allowing apparel manufacturers to produce "knock-offs" of popular styles.

You Will Need

  • A person wearing a T-shirt
  • A graphite pencil
  • Paper
  • An eraser

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