How to Draw a Crumpled Paper Towel

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When drawing a crumpled paper towel it is wise to use a real paper towel as a visual reference. Learn how to draw a crumpled paper towel 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 crumpled paper towel. So I'm actually going to use a real paper towel as reference as you should. So you crumple up your paper towel, set it down and basically you're going to see that the paper towel has different shading and different crumples in it which make it a crumpled paper towel. Mine as you can see is kind of crumpled like this so this is what I'm going to be drawing. So we're going to start with the bottom. We're just going to come up, come to a point at the top and come back down. So we're just going to do the basic shape at first. There's one side of it here that comes up, then there's a fold and some crinkles here and then it comes back and it folds here and it folds again down here. Now we're going to go in and illustrate some of the bigger crinkles that we see that really stand out and so there they are. When I look at the paper towel those are the crinkles that I see really standing out. You can add a few in too, take artistic liberty here. Now this is the fun part or the more challenging part. We're going to go in with another color of marker, preferably gray or black or what have you and we're going to draw the low lights so basically trace the area underneath these different wrinkles and find the shadows because that's what's going to really make that wrinkle in the paper towel stand out. And so we've got a couple here, a couple crumples just like that. Other than that it's really pretty easy. If you just wanted to do like a basic paper towel that has just a few crumples in it you can also just kind of do it like that. Just bring it up on the sides, bring a few lines in. Don't forget to shade them in a little bit if you want to fold it, you can do that, crumple it up just like that. And that is how you draw a crumpled paper towel.

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