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Posted 4/11/18 , edited 4/12/18
I've been drawing anime pictures for about 1 year now... I think I'm really good at drawing and so does my family... the only thing I can't do on my own is anime clothing... specifically wrinkles in the clothing... does anyone have any tips on how to draw anime clothing?
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Posted 4/11/18 , edited 4/12/18
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7ePtRhBiIuQ

Not sure exactly what you are looking for. I'd suggest posting some of your attempts or getting into more specifics of what you have issues with, but the linked video is by someone who makes a lot of good content so maybe it will help.
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I'm looking for a method to make clothes not look flat... like different lines to show wrinkles... I dont know where to place the lines tho so it's hard for it to look realistic anime wise
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xXReneGabeXx wrote:

I'm looking for a method to make clothes not look flat... like different lines to show wrinkles... I dont know where to place the lines tho so it's hard for it to look realistic anime wise


Well, there are a few kinds of wrinkles. There are stress wrinkles, gravity wrinkles and body wrinkles (I'm just making this up off the top of my head, so don't think that these are real terms or anything).

Stress wrinkles occur in areas of stress. If you have a *ahem* big chested character, you will often get stress wrinkles in the center of the...chest. This type of wrinkles go with the direction of the stress, so if clothing is being pulled horizontally, it will develop horizontal lines. If you have a character with their shirt tucked in and they are rotating their body, you will have wrinkles developing diagonally towards the way they are turning.

Gravity wrinkles generally occur in baggy clothing. I you are wearing a baggy shirt which is not tucked in, you will have wrinkles forming where the larger fabric is trying to fit the smaller shape of your body. These generally form vertically and are most pronounced at the bottom of the clothing. These are usually more flowing wrinkles instead of tight folds.

Body wrinkles are wrinkles which accentuate features of the body, so it could accentuate someone's gut, or their collar bone, hips or their elbow. Negative body wrinkles also form around the waist due to the absence of features.

The good thing about anime clothing, is that it usually isn't exactly far off from regular clothing. You just need to simplify what you see in ordinary clothing down to its most pronounced elements and you have anime clothes.

I do recommend watching the video I posted above though (and following along).

And posting one of your drawings.
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Posted 4/11/18 , edited 4/12/18
Post ur drawing.

I want to see :3

I would usually look at a cloak or something, because that has a lot of specific shading, but I have no knowledge of drawing clothing.... Which I need to do
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Posted 4/11/18 , edited 4/12/18
Clothing is generally the easiest thing to do with drawing as someone who has dabbled in it i would just recommend watching normal art videos and practising drawing normal clothes the skills do TRANSFER
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Posted 4/11/18 , edited 4/11/18
In general, manga tends to be pretty sparse with clothing wrinkles, and typically uses very thin lines for them with sharp angles. The point of almost all design aspects of manga is to work quickly, after all. Some good reference material can be found if you do searches for fashion illustrations, as they tend to follow very similar design aesthetics.

If you've got a library near you, I would suggest looking to see if they have this book:

https://www.amazon.com/Dynamic-Wrinkles-Drapery-Solutions-Drawing/dp/0823015874

It's chock full of good lessons, covering multiple kinds of clothing and materials.
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Posted 4/12/18 , edited 4/12/18
thanks for the help everyone!
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Posted 4/21/18 , edited 4/22/18
Draw from life like all the professional Japanese artists do as their art imitates life in their own personal unique style! Then once you understand real life fundamentals look at the way your favorite artist draws their clothing and you'll understand WHY they did that. This is probably the best way to draw *anime clothing*.

If you thought this was helpful please feel free to follow me on Twitter, I'm an artist just like you; I've been drawing for 6 years NON-STOP! If you have any other questions just @ me on Twitter and if I'm in a helping mood I'll hit you up! - https://twitter.com/Jourjii
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