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digistyle
05-20-2006, 02:22 PM
This challenge was inspired by Marge's Da Vinci's Drape study (http://www.wetcanvas.com/forums/showthread.php?s=&threadid=347665) thread. Rendering fabric folds is one of the core exercises in drawing and painting. It's a good idea to return to the basic every now and again. Draw or paint these references in any digital painting program and post your work here. Post any observations or insights that you gained through the process.

Here is some information on folds and fold types: http://www.cheeseman-meyer.com/art/drapery.htm

The references:
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/20-May-2006/1629-fabric01.jpg

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/20-May-2006/1629-fabric02.jpg

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/20-May-2006/1629-fabric03.jpg

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/20-May-2006/1629-fabric04.jpg

digistyle
05-20-2006, 02:24 PM
References part 2:
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/20-May-2006/1629-fabric05.jpg

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/20-May-2006/1629-fabric06.jpg

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/20-May-2006/1629-fabric07.jpg

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/20-May-2006/1629-fabric08.jpg

LadyAlba
05-20-2006, 02:36 PM
You found some good ones will be working on these later tonight! ;o)

Smokin
05-20-2006, 02:41 PM
GREAT CHALLENGE DIGIT. Ive been wanting to do a lil drapery study, just never got around to it. Ill definetly have to try these out.

LadyAlba
05-20-2006, 03:39 PM
Ok did a quicky while waiting on the washer...Painter 9.5 freehand using a texture brush I made
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/20-May-2006/29951-fold1.jpg

justjean
05-20-2006, 06:10 PM
here's my first kick at the can :) PSP7 freehand

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/20-May-2006/36920-fold1.jpg

Elainepsq
05-21-2006, 12:21 AM
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/21-May-2006/42008-drapery-study.jpg
Great job Marge & Jean.
I chose the same one. I started with Chalk in painter, but darned if I can't keep my hands off the watercolor. But actually, I think the combo worked out well here!

LadyAlba
05-21-2006, 01:38 PM
Went for the leg this time...lost it once and had to start over! :lol: That will teach me to save often LOL had to do a sketch of this one to get the leg in there. :cat:
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/21-May-2006/29951-folds2.jpg

justjean
05-21-2006, 01:41 PM
Looking Good Marge and Elaine :thumbsup: and heck I never even thought of it as a leg just material , no I'm not blonde just think like it sometimes :lol:

LadyAlba
05-21-2006, 02:54 PM
Great folds Jean and Elaine....Jean I don't know if it is a leg or arm I just had to have a foundation to work from :lol:

LadyAlba
05-22-2006, 09:37 AM
Was just messing around with this one this morning all freehand doesn't even look like any of the samples LOL
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/22-May-2006/29951-folds3.jpg

LadyAlba
05-22-2006, 01:05 PM
Ok I now feel like I am hogging this thread! :lol:
Did the green shirt...
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/22-May-2006/29951-folds4.jpg

TxAggieDarlin
05-25-2006, 10:45 AM
NOW, this is another great project............geesh, I better get busy. I have to do this as I struggle with material. Thanks for getting us going; great pictures

TxAggieDarlin
05-26-2006, 12:19 PM
Yep, I must do more of these.....they are harder than they look...at least to me. Done in painter..did a trace and then...did not follow it much lol

fugitive
05-29-2006, 07:17 PM
Not mine but a good example that the drapes don't have to be rendered in a photo realistic style to look good. This artist Zorn Anders (look at image file name) has done some amazing work in his past.

barryt
05-30-2006, 05:10 AM
Yes a good example Greg

Annie*M
06-02-2006, 12:58 AM
This was a learning curve :o
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/02-Jun-2006/82004-Fabric_folds.jpg

LadyAlba
06-02-2006, 10:03 AM
Fantastic painting everyone! ;o)

digistyle
06-10-2006, 11:14 AM
A couple of WIPs that I had going before being temporarily sidelined (see here for details: http://www.wetcanvas.com/forums/showthread.php?t=352066).

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/10-Jun-2006/1629-WIPcompressionfold.jpg

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/10-Jun-2006/1629-WIPgreen_olds.jpg

Learning a lot about edges and the placement of lights and darks to create them.

digistyle
06-10-2006, 11:22 AM
Marge: I really like how you've simplied the references. Very nice technique.

Jean, Elaine, TxAggieDarlin: Thanks for taking the challenge. Good stuff!

Greg: Zorn is one of my favorites. The folds are good but I think he excels in his treament of water.