How to Draw a Rippled Ribbon

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Drawing a rippled ribbon gives you the chance to focus in on the little details of the object. Draw a rippled ribbon with help from an artist in this free video clip.

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Hi, my name is Jessica and I'm an artist, and today we're going to draw a rippled ribbon. So the first part of the ribbon that we're going to do is the actual bow. And the way that you do the bow is, you bring the lines kind of at an angle here, bring it up and show this little tiny piece, as you can see, so you can actually see the ribbon folded over. So again, we have the, it comes up, then we're going to draw a parallel line that comes in and creates that little crease there to show where the bow is. And then we're going to bring the ties down, so we'll draw a little knot here in the middle just a couple of lines there just to show that it's tied, and then we're going to bring one piece down, and give it that jagged, classic ribbon edge. Now when the ribbon ripples, what's going to happen is, there's more ribbon underneath that comes out, like so, on each side, and then the ribbon does this thing where it folds under, and then you connect it with a line down, so it folds under, and you connect it with a line down, I'm doing it on both sides here, and then it comes back around, not all the way, so you also drop the side here, it doesn't come all the way back down, it comes out, like so, to show this kind of, like its been folded. So as you can see there's a little bit of an angle here. So let's do it in a little bit larger detail so you'll see it, it'll come down, like so, it'll drop the edge, and connect it, and then it'll come back around, like so. So the ribbon is actually folded under and then comes out. That is how you draw a rippling ribbon.

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