In order to effectively draw clothing and drapery, an artist must recognize the basic shapes of clothing and how the principles of physics act upon those shapes.
The Artist's Guide to Drawing the Clothed Figure presents a novel and completely thorough approach to understanding the mechanics of drapery. Beginning with the basic shapes of clothing and the anatomy of folds, it progresses to final rendering techniques of both sculpted and loose drapery on solid forms, including how motion affects wrinkles, folds, and waves.
This comprehensive resource examines the mechanical principles behind the formation of folds — simple wave patterns, intersecting wave patterns, and tertiary effects upon these two, such as twisting and flowing forms — and breaks down all clothing into sculpted forms, loose drapery, and tubes.
Once these mechanics are established, various techniques for rendering clothing are presented, including how factors such as the stiffness, thickness, or texture of a particular material can affect the appearance of an article of clothing. Throughout the book, the author examines the work of master draftspersons — from Leonardo da Vinci to Will Eisner — to see how they interpreted this information.
Author — Michael Massen.
Hardcover. 224 pages. 9" × 11" (23 cm × 28 cm.)