How to Draw Clothed Figures in Art

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How clothes look on a particular figure depends on a number of different factors, like the body-shape of the person and the type of clothing involved. Draw clothed figures in art with help from an artist in this free video clip.

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Hi, my name is Daisy, I'm an artist, and I'm going to show you how to draw clothed figures in art. So what comes to my mind are those old, cool sculptures that we see in museums, so I'm going to draw one of those. So we're just going to draw simple shapes to begin with. Just a circle for the head. Circle for the body. And then mine is going to be completely robed so we don't really need to go crazy with the legs. And this girl has her arms behind her body. So now to get her clothed and what you see with these marble statues is they're very drape-y. So I'm going to draw a line across which is kind of like the band at her waste which this girl will come out from. And then just draw long, wavy lines right to the floor. Now to create detail, we're actually going to emulate all the drapes by drawing long, curvy lines all through the skirt. Now for the top of the dress, just going to give it a little V neck. Drape all across her chest. Give her some sleeves, and then her arms, they go behind her body. These are also really draped, so just long lines depending on the style. Make sure to erase any lines that you're not using. Otherwise it gets a bit crazy. Now I'm just going to give her really simple features, really simple hair. And there we go. My name is Daisy, and that's how you draw clothed figures in art.


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