1st Edition

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

By Kelly Brine Copyright 2018
    196 Pages 224 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    196 Pages 224 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    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.


    What are Folds?

    Three-dimensional Drawing

    Learning to Draw Folds

    Chapter One - An Overview of Folds and Materials

    Chapter Two - The Elements of Folds

    Chapter Three - Parallel Folds

    Simple Parallel Folds

    Compound Parallel Folds

    Chapter Four - Radial Folds

    Simple Radial Folds

    Compound Radial Folds

    Chapter Five - Interlocking Folds

    Inverted Folds

    Two Parallel Folds Interlock

    Interlocking Groups of Parallel Folds

    Parallel Folds Interlock with Radial Folds

    Interlocking Groups of Radial Folds

    Chapter Six - Complex Folds

    Ditch and Bridge Folds

    Bent Tube Folds

    Folds at the Joints

    Subdivided Radial Folds

    Subdivided Radial Ridge Folds

    Nested Inverted Radial Folds

    Festoon Folds

    Linked Festoon Folds

    Telescoping Folds

    Twisting Folds

    Compressed Radial Folds

    Zigzag and Bent Tube Folds Compared

    Chapter Seven - Folds at the Floor and Edges

    How Cloth Folds When It Meets the Floor

    How Cloth Folds When Draped Over an Edge

    Chapter Eight - Drawing the Figure

    The Mannequin

    The Proportions of the Figure

    The Head, Chest and Hips

    The Upper Limb

    The Lower Limb

    Muscle Crawl

    Joint Surface Exposure and Length Change

    Tendon Stretch


    Chapter Nine - Clothing and Folds on the Figure

    Folds in Pants

    Folds in Shirts and Blouses

    Folds in Formal Jackets and Coats

    Folds in Skirts, Dresses and Robes

    Folds in Shoes and Boots

    Chapter Ten - Folds in Hands and Gloves

    Chapter Eleven - Folds and Wrinkles on the Face

    Chapter Twelve - Light and Shade

    Twenty Illustrations Explaining Light and Shade


    Kelly Gordon Brine is a storyboard artist working on movies and television shows such as The Punisher, Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Designated Survivor and Person of Interest. He has taught drawing as an assistant professor at the University of Toronto, and has also worked as a comic book artist and a software developer.