The Art of Drawing Folds: An Illustrator’s Guide to Drawing the Clothed Figure

Kelly Brine

October 3, 2017 by Focal Press
Reference - 188 Pages - 224 B/W Illustrations
ISBN 9780415793421 - CAT# Y319858


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  • Illustrated with over 200 detailed illustrations of folds and fold structure.
  • Systematically approaches the drawing of folds to give readers the ability to draw from imagination instead of reference.
  • Discusses the why, where and how of the patterns and behavior of folds to help readers create more life-like folds.
  • Summary

    From Renaissance fresco painters to contemporary graphic novel artists, the ability to draw clothed figures from one’s imagination has always been crucial to artists – and exceptionally difficult to attain. With over 220 illustrations, The Art of Drawing Folds: An Illustrator’s Guide to Drawing the Clothed Figure reveals the logic and patterns in folds, enabling the reader to more easily predict the behavior of cloth when creating folds in their own drawings and paintings.

    Addressing folds in clothing systematically, the author provides a clear, concise approach to the analysis, classification and visualization of convincingly naturalistic folds. Starting with the nature of fabric and its geometry, this book methodically explores the reasons for fold behavior based on the construction of clothing and the shapes and actions of the human figure. An essential guide and reference for animators, illustrators, storyboard artists, comic-book artists, 3D modelers, sculptors, fashion designers and students, The Art of Drawing Folds simplifies one of the most complex and important aspects of drawing the clothed figure.


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