Step-by-step: Il­lus­trate con­vinc­ing cloth­ing folds and wrin­kles

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Be­cause the cape’s con­tor­tions will be based around the in­flu­ence of more rigid forms, I es­tab­lish those first, us­ing 3D pos­ing soft­ware it’s quicker to use pre­fab mod­els. I sug­gest the tug­ging cape in the fig­ure’s body lan­guage by hav­ing his legs pro­jected for­ward a lit­tle.


Next, I lay out my main forms. I ex­ag­ger­ate cer­tain qual­i­ties (such as how flat the cape is be­ing pulled to sug­gest greater force), but give ev­ery fold clear edges and shad­ows. Messy or in­dis­tinct lines will sug­gest floppy draw­ing skills, rather than floppy fab­ric.


I ren­der the colour con­ser­va­tively, hav­ing al­ready de­lin­eated the dark and light ar­eas at the line-art stage. I pick out a few key high­lights and ar­eas of dim shadow, but for the most part, don’t in­ter­fere with the forms as de­scribed in black and white.

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