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How To Draw Clothes: Shirts Easily With Half Lock Folds!

Patricia Caldeira, Illustrator | Digital Artist | Designer

How To Draw Clothes: Shirts Easily With Half Lock Folds!

Patricia Caldeira, Illustrator | Digital Artist | Designer

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6 Lessons (36m)
    • 1. Intro

    • 2. Examples And References

    • 3. How To Draw The Half Lock Fold

    • 4. How To Draw A Shirt Step By Step

    • 5. Assignment Time

    • 6. Conclusion + Speed Paint

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About This Class


Do you want to draw beautiful Shirts for your characters and drawings?

Then this is the class for you!

If you're interested in drawing outfits for characters or even when drawing from real life, you MUST know how to draw Shirts.

I'm here to help you achieve this skill by teaching you how to draw Half Lock Folds and apply them to Shirts!

At the end of this Class, you'll be able to draw Shirts much easier!

The secret is getting the main shapes right, and learning how to draw Half Lock Folds. And everything is explained in this drawing Class.

We'll start with the very basics, showing examples of Shirts and other Outfits with Half Lock Folds and the main lines and shapes they are made of.

Next, it's time to practice!

We'll draw a Shirt from reference so you can start working on those half lock folds.


At the end of the Class, there will also be an Assignment for you to practice and to receive valuable feedback on what you need to improve.

AND, all the files used in the class will be available for you to download so you can follow along with me!

And of course, if you have any question or need help, I'll be right here to answer your questions.

If you're looking for a place to learn how to draw clothes and shirts, this is the class for you.

So, are you ready to get started?

Enroll now, and I'll see you in the next video.

- Patricia

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Patricia Caldeira

Illustrator | Digital Artist | Designer


Patricia Caldeira is a Freelancer Artist working in Illustration, Design and similar Artwork.

She graduated in Graphic Design and Multimedia and soon after started working on her own independent company "Don Corgi", doing work for several Streamers, Game Developers, Youtubers and even selling Cards and Social Media Icons at her Etsy Store.

You can find more about her and her work at Don Corgi's Portfolio Website.


In the recent past She has:

- Co-Founded the Don Corgi Art Group;
- Collaborated with Programmers, Game Designers, Musicians, Youtubers, Twitchers and more!
- Taught over 14.000 people on different platforms;

Join her Class on Character Design, Gesture Drawing!


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1. Intro: Hi. Do you want to learn how to draw T shirts for your characters? Then this is a class for you in this class. I'll teach you step by step on how you can draw T shirts by learning how to draw the health flock fault. We'll start the class by showing you the whole flock fold in real life examples. This way you can see how the fabric takes shape with help off images, but you're not here for the teary, so we'll learn how to draw our own health. Four Folds right away. First, we're going to draw a smaller piece so you can get the hang of it all the way from simple sketches to finish and color artwork. Then it's time to draw some T shirts using the same kind of process. Not only that, but out includes all the files I'm using in the class so you can practice with me side by side and follow along my drawing process. And of course, they'll be an assignment at the end of the class to test your drawing skills and improved, Um, so I'm ready to begin. Then let's get start 2. Examples And References: Hello and welcome. We're going to talk about T shirts and learn how to draw them. So it might seem weird why I'm showing jeans right now. Well, it's very simple. It's because before we go for T shirts, I just want to talk a little bit about the type of full that we use most often in T shirts . So the type of whole we're going to learn here is called Health Flock Fault, and it happens mostly when we're bending the fabric. So, for example, when you're drawing jeans or just when you're wearing jeans and you bend your knees, we're going to see these folds happening right here. And this is what we call the health flock fault. The same can happen when you're reading long sleeves and you bend the the arm. So when we are crossing our arms are doing anything with your arms and the band's, we will see the exact same type off fault. This is a very common folds. Anytime you drawing your fabric bending, this is what you're drawing. It's the whole flock fold off course. Knowing these names isn't necessary with social. Nice to know about them and to know how to identify them or to at least to understand them so you can draw your fabric and your clothes perfectly. And now yes, we come to the T shirts, so usually the health look happens because we have a tube made of fabric, and when we bend, we have the health look fooled with a T shirt, we basically have treat to said, compose on T shirts. So we have the the main torso. It's one big tube. Then we have two smaller tubes for the sleeves or short sleeves. Now, if you put your T shirts on the bed, you almost want see any faults. However, when you're weathering its, the sleeves will bends with the rest off the factory, and then we see our health look fold. So, yes, usually when you're drawing a T shirt in your character, you have this kind of faults. If you have your characters were their arms down, it will always appear off course. It can be more folds or less folds. It also depends on your own style if you want to draw lots of faults or not. But usually this is the kind of fall that you're going to find an dropped so sharply the huff look. Fold happens when there's a sudden change of direction. So, like we would talk about when we bends, the fabric will change direction, and it will create this kind of fault and very common when bending the fabric again. It is very common to see when you bend the genes. So, for example, for drawing a character sitting, the genes will appear with how flocks where they bend so usually behind unece long sleeves . So when you have, when a drawing your character with their arms crossed, usually in with long sleeves, you have that health look happening right at the middle of TR and finally, and our main focus here on T shirts So we know what kind of fall we're going to drop, and we're going to learn how to draw T shirts here. Let's just see someone examples before we go dead as well as where to find some references . So I really like this picture because we can find our health flogs almost everywhere. And one thing importance is direction. It is always important to find the direction of our faults. So, for example, here we have the hell folk folds on our sleeves, then we have them from other, the arms to the middle for off the tee shirt. We have some half look for this well, and finally from the middle going out towards we have also some power flock folds right there where the T shirt was, not it. So this is something else or to pay attention to, because it can create many interesting effects to your clothes and just one more example. Here we have again in our sleeves, our health lock. False. So you for drawing a very normal or common T shirt. You might not have a lot of folds anywhere else, but sleeps will always have some of them. Even if there aren't a lot, they'll be there. And, of course, as always, if you're drawing a looser shirt, it will probably show more faults than a tighter shirt. It always depends on the kind of fabric and how tight it is to the body. So as always, if a bit off course thing is very tight to the body off your character, then it it will show less faults. However, something that is lost will show a lot of faults, All right. So as for references to find some clothing or some T shirts to to help out your practices, good places to go, I always like to go for and splash and axles, for example. These are both stock voters websites they are free to use. You're probably even notice if you search for T shirts in this, you notice that some off the human should I used to practice with you here are from these websites, so it's always good to go toe this stock photos, websites and find some references are Pinterest. Winters is always a good place to go to find inspiration. If I need to find inspiration for outfits, I really like to go here and look for them, and you can also find very goods photo references for your practices. Besides that, I also really recommends looking at clothing catalogs. They are also really nice to look up for clothes and T shirts, both just seeing a T shirt or seeing that he should being worn by a model. And if you can find a physical copy, you can always go toe online stores off brands that you like, for example, and look for closing there. There's always images off the T shirts, dresses, whatever you want to find, and those are also very nice for Iran practices. So this is it for now. Now follow me to the next video. And if you saw my other videos about closing so far, you know that before we draw a T shirt, we're going to first practice our faults. So follow me to the next video and let's start trying. 3. How To Draw The Half Lock Fold: all right. Hello and welcome back. So we're going to start drawing, so I hope you're ready. You can draw at the same time as I do if you want, or if you prefer to watch the video and then you can do your own practices. So let's starts, and the first thing we always do is at some conspiracy here to our layer. Since we have our reference here and we're going to draw on top of it toe, understand what we're doing or how the fabric behaves. It's always really good toe trace on top of our reference images to understand something new. If we're not used to a draw, something bit either a piece of closing a non object, anything at all. It's always nice to understand the shapes and the lines when drying on top of it for just the first times. Then you get used to it, and you can already do it without the reference. So I'm going to create here, a layer on top, going to choose here red tone, and I'm going to use my pencil for the sketch. And so the first thing I'm going to do is I'm going to divide these here in shapes. So I have here this shape for our sleeve. Right? And then we have this one coming here not going to cause this one's for now. And then we have this line for the rest of the shirt. So off course, we have here a bit of shirt, but our main focus is this folds right here. So, as you can see, we have here some very notable false happening right here. So one here, another one here, This one here also. And there we go. We have here the main idea off our half look folds very simple. We already have the basis for our final trying, and now we're going to draw a sketch of it first. So I had to put this it 100% again. So we have all reference right, but by our side so we can look at it while drawing. I'm going to head at some conspiracy to my shape layer at a new layer on top, and then with the doctor tone and still my pencil brush. I'm going to make a rough sketch off our final piece. Now, even though I'm doing, I'm doing this digitally. Remember that you can do the same process with traditional. If you're using pencils or pens and sketchbook, you can also do this the same kind of process. You can start with your shapes with a very thin pencil and not applying a lot off pressure to it. Then the sketch on top. And finally, you can draw your final lines, either with a pen or a thicker pencil, and then erase everything underneath it or not. You can leave your sketch lines Israel. So even if I'm working with traditional or digital one off times, this is still my process. I do my shapes, a sketch and then the final one. So we're going to start doing our sketch morning to start from here. No testers here, a lump off fabric you can be is faithful to your reference image or knots. I always like to do my own thing at some points, even when using him a reference image. But it's all up to you, and at the beginning, when learning something new, maybe it's better toe, really. Just try to be very faithful to the reference to understand better how the subject you want to learn is drawn. So we're starting with my outwards lines. Noticed it. Thes line here is on top off our sleeves. So usually the main torso, the part of the fabric on off the torso will always be on top off the sleeps. So there we go. Here, we can see also somehow flocks happening. And then we have the other faults that we just drew. There we go. We have here are false and now we can honest and he'll see him. There we go. Now we can draw our final lines. So on top of our sketch, I'm going to add a vector layer. I always used vector lives for my final lines so that I can transform them and change them and pick them. And I want lose and equality to my lights. They want start showing pixelated. They will always be fine and now we just draw on top all four lines of our previous lines, which is cleaning everything up. There's no need to worry about your lines up to this point Now. It's the time to practice your line art and to make any change that you feel is needs. For example, I like to be very alert to be very sketchy with my lines. Say, with my faults. I like them to lose toe look very messy, but maybe you prefer something a bit more, um, clean, for example. So it's a good time to practice how you prefer your lines to look like. But overall, this is it. It's very simple. I think this is one off the simplest false stories to troll off course. This can depend from person to person, but there isn't a lot to it, and they can be very, very fun. So once you're happy with your lines, it's time to color them. And it's with coloring and shading that we can add more depth tour folds. So I'm going to hide these layers. Here are sketch layers and beneath our Leinart, I'm going to create a new layer, and I'm going to choose a course. So since our image it has this pinkish stone. Then I'm going with it. We don't have here a closed shape, so I'm going to just do this very quickly, and now I can use my paint buckets and feel everything within. There we go. This is a quick way toe adds the base colors to your drawings. I really recommend it, but it also depends on how everyone likes to work. I always add my very stones with the paint buckets, and then I feel in the gaps and do every detail I need to do. So. Here we go. We have our base tone done, and now I'm going to pick a darker tone and added to create some shadows so we can add more depth to our faults, going to pick here a darker tone so you can see better the shadows. So don't tread the shadows. You can either follow the image that you have, or you can choose where the light is coming from in your drawing. Andrew according for example, in these guys are lights is mostly coming from this side, and we're drawing according to debt when the buying shadows to your drawing specially for practicing. It is also a good time to try different shading and difference light sources so you can practice how delight looks coming from different sides and how the shadows will behave. But this is it are a health flock. Fold is done. As you can see, it isn't very complex are really like to draw it. It is very simple to do and off course. You can practice as much as you wish. And when you feel ready, you can go with me to the next video. We're going to draw T shirt, so I'll see you there. 4. How To Draw A Shirt Step By Step: Well, hello and welcome back. Now we practice our huff fold, and also we kind of practice a little bit on how to draw shirts. So now we're going to the whole thing. We're going to draw a whole shirt this time. So we have. Here are reference and a quick reminder here that every image that I'm using I'll have them available for you so you can also use them for their own practices if you wish. If not, you can always find your own images and practice. For them, the process is always the same. It's looking for the shapes, draw a sketch and then the final lines. And, of course, the most important ingredient is having fun for not having fun. Then it's not really worth it because you want, like what you're doing. You need to have fun. What, what you're doing in like it. So keep that in mind. So again, a bit of conspiracy on our image here and now, A new layer on top, my pencil here and a right on. So, as you can see, this is the kind of tools that I always use. But I recommend you go around if you're using a drawing software. If you're doing this digitally to go around your software and go around all the brushes and see what you will like toe work the best. Everyone is different, and everyone likes to use different things. So maybe I like to use a pencil for my sketch, but maybe you prefer to use another kind of brush. So take your time toe, know your software and get used to it. So we're going to start trying, and I think I'm going to start here. I think it's a good way to start, so you basically have half circle and we close. It's on now. We can't see the back over to should here. But if you do, if you have a T shirt at home and you're late on your bed or anything, or just take a look at it, you'll see that the back off the T shirts has almost a straight line. So helpful circle cut in the middle, and then we start going down this way. So remember what I told you about direction. I know that I always go about looking for shapes, and it can be the same weeds closing but sometimes having in account the folds and everything, it is scoots to go with lines and directions. So, for example, here we go Thanh. Then we have here some lines going this way and another one going this way. So a lot of artists like to go with directions and arrows. It can help them a lot. Find out what is better for you. As you can see here, going with arrows, I still managed to find some shape. So we have here the shape for our sleeve And here I'm starting a shape for the main course apart off the tee shirts. So we have here this fold and even though we can't see it I had my clothes here. This shape we have here the the rest off our T shirts going here we have here another folds going this way and this way. And then we reached the bottom of our shirt. Very simple. We're just finding our shapes and the directions of our folds if you want. There's also hear another folds And another one here The's here are half Fox this one, this one as well And now we're going to do the other side. So again we go down here. And now here we have our sleeve. We have here some folds going this direction, and we have here the rests off our shape for the sleep. Okay, so now we are missing the torso parts we have here a false. As I said before in the other video, the mentor, so part of T shirt with always overlap the sleeve. Here, As you can see on both sides, we have this false and the sleeve underneath. Same Here we have this hold here and the sleeve goes underneath. So then we have here another falls going down if you want. There some others here going the same direction. Another one here. And we've reached the end off our T shirt. There's a lot of small folds happening and you can like I said before, you can give a lot of details to your folds or less. Details is up to you. I like to keep everything simple, but it always depends on your own. Stop. But overall, we have here the shapes for our T shirt. We have. We can already see that this is a T shirt. So now we just need to draw our sketch so everything becomes more clear and then our final lines. So let's go for this sketch. First Centris purity here. And you literally on top again, like pencil brush and then a doctor stone. And now we can start. Don't worry too much about your lines right now. This is just a sketch. I'm going to draw this part here that we always have. This seems here that we didn't do. Can our shapes step? There we go. And now we can go down here. You have our sleeve. I'm going to draw thesis part already. So I know where everything ISS and we have here are men holster quinto. Okay, it's this way. You can see everything better. And now we have here the rest of our shirt, not the folds. And there we go and we reach the bottom Going to draw this line already. Just so it's done all right. Remember when it drawing specially when they're drawing long lines to use your whole arm shoulder included. Otherwise, you might be hurting ourselves. Trying for long hours can cause some injuries. And if you're position yourself and using your hands and wrists wrong. They can lead to some injuries. So remember and practices from the very beginning use your whole arm when drawing. All right, so now we have the other side. So we go down here No, who draw the main torso and it's fools. Then we saw that there were some half logs happening here. Go, go! And now we have to rest of our shirts, the same here at the bottom and some on the sluices. Well, so I think this is it for our sketch. I think it's looking quite good right now, and I think we're ready for our final lines. Noticed it. I made some folds with different thickness to my lines. For example, this one's and this one's. This is just to give different weights and some folds you can see better than others. So so you add different waits to the lines, according to that simple czar. More important, and others are not, it's important, but still they can be shown, and you can do that by giving less pressure to your lines when doing them. So it's important to to learn how to apply pressure to your lines. At the beginning, it might seem very hard, but you'll see that weeds practice. You get her. So I created my factor layer, like right there and now we'll redo our lines and clean everything. So again I'm going to start right here. And remember that in all the steps, it is important to have fun with them. Sometimes drawings just don't go how we want them to go and the best thing to do instead of getting frustrated, it's just to take a step back, take a pause and go back to your drawing later on. Maybe even restart everything from the beginning or just practice. Sketch off off your drawing. There's lots of difference ways to go about it. But the most important is to avoid feeling frustrated with drawings, because that that way we won't like the final results off our drawings, and it's just not fun. We're going to get angry at ourselves and our drawing instead of having fun. You can not draw the seems if that's how you prefer in how you like you're drunks to look like. Also don't feel first started. If you see that you have to repeat your lines a lot, as you can see I do repeat mine a lot as well, so it's normal. Sometimes things just don't go perfect. Most off the times is you can see and we just need to repeat our minds a little bit more until we have what we want. So as you can see the making the final lines part, it can be quite quick if you're already used to Leinart and doing your lines. But bottom line is, we are redrawing our sketch. We're just cleaning our lines. So this is why it's important, especially when you're starting to learn to go true. Different off many steps. It doesn't matter. I do three steps, but maybe you need more than those. But these are important because through repetition you're learning. You're getting used to the lines in the movements, and you see that at some point when you're driving a T shirt off for drawing maybe 10 T shirts, the final result will be much different than the first tee shirt to drew. So with that said, we have Here are final T shirts and now all we need is our color. So I another T shirt is white. I'm not feeling like going with whites. Let's go with another tone. So we tried. The other one was kind of pinkish. Let's go. Maybe with the dark red this time a darker red, for example. I like this color, and this way you can see better the shadows when we to them. So I added a based colors with my paint buckets, and now I'm feeling in the gaps and even if you're watching these videos because you want to trust your characters before, and that's why I'm doing this. Videos like this is because before drawing the piece of closing in, your character tried to first understand the piece of clothing and throw it by itself a few times, just so you get used to its shapes and end lines. Sometimes we want to just do everything all at once, and then it doesn't go how we want it, and we get frustrated and we want to scream at the world. And maybe we just need Teoh break things down into smaller steps. So, as you can see, I have here a darker tone, and then now I'm starting toe ads. Some shadows, not a lot. I want to keep things simple as you can see again. Uh, our light source is coming from the left. And there we go. Very simple sometimes list is more and we are done with our T shirt, and we are then without drawings for now. So I hope you had fun and that you learned a lot and, well, it's time for your own practice. So follow me to the next video where we'll talk about your assignment and I'll see you there. Bye bye. 5. Assignment Time: Hello again. I hope you've enjoyed the views so far and learns a lot with them. It's not time to practice, so I have a quick assignment for you. We're going to practice trying T shirts, and I have three different images for you to choose from. Just pick one android. You can also download the images to your computer and put them if you'd like. All right, that's pretty much it. Remember to post your work so I can check it out. I can't wait to see your projects and is always have fun. 6. Conclusion + Speed Paint: Hey, again. So what did you think about the class? Did that help you improve your drawing skills? I really hope so. And I hope you've had a lot of fun while learning to draw clothes as well. If you can leave a review, that will help me immensely. And it lets me keep working on new and updated classes for you. So thank you in advance. Also, feel free to check my other classes about figure trying, drawing animals, collar, cheery and much more. I hope to see you and your artwork there. All right, that's about it. So have a great day and I'll see you next time. Bye bye.