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How To Draw Pants And Jeans Using The Zig-Zag Fold!

teacher avatar Patricia Caldeira, Illustrator | Digital Artist | Designer

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6 Lessons (39m)
    • 1. Intro

    • 2. Examples And References

    • 3. How To Draw A Zig-Zag Fold

    • 4. How To Draw Pants Step By Step!

    • 5. Time To Practice!

    • 6. Thank You And Conclusion + Speed Paint!

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About This Class


Do you want to draw amazing Pants and Jeans for your characters?

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 Pants and Jeans.

I'm here to help you achieve this skill by teaching you how to draw Zig-Zag Folds and apply them to Pants!

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

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

We'll start with the very basics, showing examples of Jeans with Zig-Zag Folds and the main lines and shapes they are made of.

Next, it's time to practice!

We'll draw Pants from reference so you can start working on those zig-zag 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 start drawing Pants and Jeans, 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;

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1. Intro: Hi. Do you want to learn how to drop pants and jeans for your characters? Then this is the class for you in this class. Out. Did you step by? Step on how you can drop pants by learning how to draw the exact folds. We'll start the class by showing you this exact fold in real life examples. This way you can see how the fabric takes shape in the real world, but you're not here for the teary, so we'll start drawing our own zigzag folds right away. First, we're going to draw smaller piece so you can get the hang of it all the way from simple sketches to finished and colored artwork. Then it's time to draw some pence. I'll includes all the files I'm using the class who can practice with me side by side and follow along my drawing process. And of course, they will be in the sun mentality in off the glass to test your drawing skills and improved him so you're ready to begin. Let's get started 2. Examples And References: hello and welcome. So we're going to learn how to draw pants. But before that, I wanted to talk to you about it a little bit, including the type of full that we're going to learn here. The most common folds that we encounter in pence is what we call this exact fold. Why do we call that? Well, because it looks like this. It alternates each other. It goes in a zigzag way, and it gives this very organic and natural look so usually at the bottom off depends that you're using. They tend to bunch up, and it grates this kind of fold. You might also find this fold, for example, at the end of long sleeves. So when the fabric is resting on your hands or a T end off your arm, they also tend the fabric tens, toe buckle and forms this kind of fault this exact fault. So very shortly, this exact Fulton stores the night one another, just like we just talk about It goes from one side and it curves to the other and so on and so on. It tends to look very organic and natural. It has a very interesting look and although we can't seem a bit complex to draw, it doesn't need to be. We're going to simplify everything so you can draw your pants however you want in how many times you wish. And I really liked the effect that can give toe depends that you're drawing when you're drawing them. It does give a very interesting look, and finally, it is a very common full to find invents when they bunch up at the bottom. So before withdraw pence, we're going to practice this kind of fault. Let's see just some more examples before we go into drawing. So here we have more genes, and you can very clearly see that powerful that I was talking about. There we go. We have lots of six eggs happening here, off course that depending on the kind of pencil drawing, the folds will also be different. For example, if you're drawing something very sites, maybe you won't see a lot of false, just like in this Jin's here. So depending on the fabric or even how loose the fabric is, the false will be have a bit differently, can have more or less folds. Let's see some more examples I really like this picture here because we can see a lot of types of jeans, so we can also see how the folders exact fold will behave. So in the first example, it's kind off a tight style off pence, almost like skinny jeans, so we don't see a lot of falls there. They are also very thick, So that's another reason why we don't see as many Foles than the 2nd 1 We can see that this is a thinner fabric so weak see more false happening there, especially at the bottom, where they stop at the shoes and bunch altogether. And we see a lot ofs exact false happening there. The next example is also the type of skinny jeans, but here, the fabric and the design itself is a bit thinner as well. And so we see quite a lot off The exact folds happened there as well, and another point that I want to take here is that we also find this kind off folds on the knees. So, depending on the type of pence such a drawing, the knees will also have some votes, sums, exact faults happening there. So pay attention to that And it also depends on the style that you're going for. Of course. Then finally, another example with those exact fold. So as you can see, we always find the six sec folds in pence when drawing pants. This is a full that you want to go for now, as I talked about, it also depends on your own style. So let's see some examples off arts and how the artists draw their folds. So we have here an example off cowboy bebop. It's a very popular anime, and as you can see, there are different ways to represent the fault. For example, in here, the first thing I want to point out is that the faults are shoulds and we are given the ideal folds. True shadows. We don't see a lot of lines for the folds here. It's mostly through the shell. So in the first example, our character has a bit more false, and we can find them again through shadows. As you can see here that are mostly shadows there and those are our faults. Then we have our second character. He's wearing a different kind of pen, so there aren't as many false Then the 3rd 1 has a kind off short shorts. We also can see some false there again through shadows and aunt lines. And finally, the less character there has very tired short, so there are basically no fault at all. So think about this when you're evolving your style or practicing, experimenting and see how you prefer to draw your own false trust, shadows or two through the lines. And how much do you want to draw the folds? You might want to go for a very simple style, for example, where there are almost no false, Let's see another example. So this is the main character off the game person of five. And as you can see here that are also not a lot of false there, and we also get the idea of it through the outline that are, there aren't a lot of lines inside the pants. We can see some shadows and lights there, but mostly I have the idea off folds that are not a lot off them, but true. The outline. Then we have the same character, but in another outfits. And here we have a lot of false contrasting to the other one where there are almost no false there. This one is full off holds true lines and the shadow and lighting. All of these give us the ideal folds of something that is very flowy. So, as you can see, these are two styles. It also depends on the kind of outfit that you want to draw, of course, but your own style will also dictate how simple or how complex your faults will be. So experiment with that and have fun and, of course, practice. And as for references, I always like to recommend a Pinterest to look for some reference images. Simply DARPA jeans or pants, and a lot of examples will appear to you right away, and you can choose them you can soon them in, or even don't know them to your computer or sit on the board, and you can then practice your genes as much as you want. Then there are also, um, stock for the websites, free ones that you can use again. You can just type in pants or jeans. This one is on splashed dot com. I really like this one. I use it a lot that are lots off photos and images as well that you can download and use for your own practices. And then there's also pixels that come that is very similar toe end splash, and that you can also use to find some jeans and pants for your own practices. Then, finally, a very good place for you to find some references as well is to find some closing catalogs or fashion magazines. I'm sure that you'll find very good pictures in them, and you can even get ideas for outfits and add them to your characters. So this is it for now. Now follow me to the next video, where we're going to practice, how to draw his exact fault, so I'll see you there. 3. How To Draw A Zig-Zag Fold: All right. Welcome back. Now, as promised, we're going to start trying. And before we draw the whole set off, Pence were going toe practice This exact fault first. So we have Here are image all of these images that I'm using, I'm going to give them to you so you can downloads and practice with them along the videos or afterwards however you prefer. So let's start throwing arse exact fold. So, as always, first of all, I'm going to give some conspiracy here to our image. Then a new layer on top going to grab here, my pencil. And now we're going to start to find our shapes and lines for our faults. So we have here one line, then one fold coming from here. Another one here. And we have this line coming side, and there we go. Now we have here one fold than we have here. A tiny one happening right here. They're very round one happening. Runs here now, from inside this folds, more genes appear. So there we go. We have here, and we reached the bottom of our genes. Now, before we close here, we're going to see the other side. So we have here a curve going inside and out again Beat inside again and it out and we go inside. Now we have here folds Let me. I lost my collar. He let me just pick it up again. Now we have here this fold and here the genes gone top off our other lines and we end line right here and then another fold right here. Not There's this one here and I think this is it. And now we close here are shape. We can even close everything up here and this is mostly it off course that you probably find more folds here. There's a lot off detail that you can ads Like I said, it always depends on how you prefer to work with and if you like more digital's or less. Now, usually I use much less lines and less folds. But here, since we have a lot off them happening and we want to practice, there's exact fold. Then we're going to try to be a bit frightful to rock toe our image. So now I brought here our lines to the side, going to give some conspiracy to itto my layer. Now, when you layer on top again, my pencil brush and the darker tone. And now we're going to sketch up our pence and give it more detail. You don't need to worry about your lines a lot right now. This is just a sketch. I remember that there seems in some places. So let's throw them right now as well. So we don't forget them when trying our final lives. Now here you can take the chance to simplify even more. You're trying you. That's how you like it. Which, as you can see, I'm simplifying here, might helps a little bids. Since we're not drying feet or shoes right here, I'm going to close. Here are pants. And then we also have our seems those orangey seems there. All right, so I think this is it. Not sure I'm going to draw this line right here. I might give this idea When, when coloring and adding shadows. So remember that shadows can help you a lot in your folds are and giving depth to them. So this is it for now, and we're going to draw our final lines. So central spirit. See here vector layer on top. I usually use vector layers for my Leinart I usually use effectively is from my Leinart ends for, uh, my final lines because I can change them or simple lack in skill them up or down. I can do all kinds of transformations to them without losing any quality to my lines. So that's very useful. And I always recommend to use factor lines for vector layers for the final lines. But it's totally up to you. So now we're going to draw on top of our previous lines. Sam folds will or someone's. I'm going to give them more pressure to them. Others monos much. Also, when you're drawing the final lines, this is a time making your final changes. So So if you feel that something will look better another way, now is the time to make those changes missing. This seems here and for now I'm not going to do the ones here on the bottom. Since they have another color, I'd read it to them with that color. This line is better this way. And yes, now I think I am done. There we go. We have here are bent. So now all we have to do is at some color to them. So I'm going toe to create a new way or below our lines. Now I'm going to grab my pant bucket here, select color by stone. So I think this one is good since withdrawing rather talk chains right here and now, I'm going to fill in the gaps. So as you can see, these are very weird looking folds. But they work and they can be very fun to drop. All right, so now that's our base. Color is done going to choose a darker tone and add some shadows. Now, this is a time Teoh, Give that to your faults. You can be very detailed with your shallows, as always is totally up to you. But it's important to put them in the right place so you can see on our image that samples are really have really dark shallows in them. For example, this one I tend to go with very messy shallows, but you can draw them as details and clear as you wish. Now, here we have also not notice that I did this shadow here. Now here we have some as well happening right here. Here we go. Here in the meal A swell. I like to keep it very simple and not exaggerate with them. So is Ah. It always depends on home much. You want the folds tohave importance or nuts? So I think this is it. Now Don't worry. I know we're still missing. Those seems at the bottom and that's we're going to do them right now. So there we go. I have my collar and now we can draw them. It gives are drawing a different feeling right away by using one caller that this different from the rest and we used so far. So this is it. We drew our zigzag fold and next we're going to draw some bent. So get ready for that when you're finished with this one. Practice is much as you want. As always. If you're not ready to draw a final the exact folder, final drawings or colors just practiced the lines and the shapes first and just sketches. And then when you're ready, you do your final trying and then you can go for the next step, which is drawing the whole point. So hopefully I will see you there 4. How To Draw Pants Step By Step!: Hello. Hello again and welcome like this is it. This is the final line. We are now going to draw pants and see how we fare in it. We're going to use the same process that we always use. So let's start some conspiracy here to our image and new layer on top. And now I'm going to grab a pencil and the red zone, and we're going to start drawing and finding our lines and shapes and understand how Jean's work when drawing them. This is my usual process when I'm learning to draw something when I don't know how to draw it, I look for some pictures or I take them myself, resemble thes ones that I'm using. I took them, and you can use them as role for their own practices. And I start by trying on top the main shapes or the main lines of it, so I can learn and understand how the object or piece, of course, thing I want to draw works. So let's do this after a while, off practicing this shapes and this lines, you already know how to draw the thing that you want to draw, and from then on you don't need to go through this process. You just draw your sketch and that's it. But before going to that step in you to practice and learn how to draw your genes or shirts or any objects or even people, so as you can see, I'm finding here the main folds and lines. And of course, this is just one example off pants or jeans. But at least it gives you an idea off their movements and, you know, in general how to go about it when drawing pencil later on, As we saw in on our examples, there can be any number off styles, and those cells will give us different types of faults. But as you can see, generally speaking, they will have thesis exact. Full happening just will have more or less off them, depending on if you're drawing tight pants or loose pants. So as you can see this quite a lot of folds here. I'm trying to find the main ones that I want to use in my trying. We have this seem here that is giving us on ideal folds as well, so they're ago. I think we have most of it now, I'm just going toe. Adhere some details that we usually seen jeans. Do we have? This seems appearing here. They are usually important to keep, and I think this is it. So I'm going to bring this to the side so we can take a look at it. All right, so here we have it. And now we're going for our sketch. So some conspiracy here, I'm going to bring this 1 to 100% again so we can take a look at it. A new layer on top, a darker tone and again, my pencil brush. So, as you can see, the picture has a belt on its But we're going to draw here the top off our genes so usually have to spend here. Since this seems are on this side, that means that our button is right here. So this sides the left side off the genes are on top. We have here team Not sure the name for them, but we have these bits off jeans where you put a belt right here. Some seems happening right here. These ones from here as well. And now we have our buckets. One on this side, another on this side. This one has that inside pocket as well. All right, so these details are out off the way. We can draw the rest over pence. Feel free to make any changes that you feel simply fired. Zor. Add more details to its sell up to you. These genes, as you can see, have quite a lot, well, fulls happening here. We have some bits of seems right here, showing up again as you can see some folds. I'm giving them more weights, toe my lines and others less because I don't want them to have all the same weight or else it's too confusing, and some do have more importance than others. How the other side, the other leg. It's very important to have Louis lines to give more this idea off organic to your faults. That's why I always recommend you to not worry a lot about how your lines look when you're doing the sketch or even the your shapes. Because that way, if you're not worried about your lines, then you're not tensed in doing them with the test fueling just relaxed and going with the flow. So there we go. We have our sketch done help here? Some seems just like we talked about. Now I know our image has one like, Ah, it almost looks like one leg is bigger than the other. So I'm going to just moved this bit higher. Just so everything is on the same level. So there we go. Let's go some some out of bits so you can see the bends. I really like how they're looking right now. Eso Let's go for final lines. I might take some folds out or not. We'll see. This is the time where he'll make the final changes. So some conspiracy, the vector layer now my pen brush. And now we can start. Now we do our final lines, but still it is important to keep ourselves very relaxed. Now we're just drawing on top of our previous lines. So you already practiced is there's no reason for you to worry about them. Also, don't worry if your lines aren't perfect. At first try, you'll see me erasing and then we doing my mind's a lot of times it's normal, So don't worry, nor be frustrated about it. That's just how it goes when drawing. There's a lot off repetition. It is also good because that way you're learning as well. Which online's so don't be afraid to do bed lines will happen and then you just need to re do them again and practice. Okay, one side it's done and now the other. So as you consider that a lot of faults happening and like we talked about, they do alternate each other a lot. That's why I like to do one side. So are some parts of one side and go to the other side and jump from one side to the other so I can get the feeling off that movement that the folds to. So this is It's as you can see, I'm missing here, bids off the seems that I completely forgot about, but we are done with their parents are really like how they're looking right now. I like their faults. There's lots off them happening, even though I don't usually use these many lines for my faults. I really like what we have right here. So now it's time to add are calling. So a layer beneath our final lines, my friend, if I could my paint buckets and now I'm going to pick your collar base color and I'm going toe. Add them. Maybe this time let's try something a bit. I liked it. A lighter tone. Let's see. It's something like this. I think it's goods now. Yet our base tone with the paint paint bucket I used to paint buggered to at the base colors just to make it quicker. And then I use a brush to feeling the gaps. Now, if you're feeling that I'm going to quickly for you, feel free to post to feed you and take your time. Can all also just practice some sketches and shapes as much as you want until you feel confident in them and then go for the next step, which is trying the final lines. Otherwise, you can draw with me. Pause whenever you need to pause, and we can do this together. So up to and how you prefer to work with. I'm always in hopes that the things that I tell you multiplied you. So I always start to imagine that you're drawing at the same time and feeling motivated by my words and feeling really good about your drawings, because overall, this is what I want for you. It is important to be happy with the drawings. Drawing is something that is supposed to make you happy. So I don't want anyone feeling frustrated just having fun with the drawings. So if you feel that's doing the final, trying is too much for you right now. Just practiced. Um, sketches. Just have fun with it. You can have 20 pages off sketches off Jin's spittle perfectly fine as long as you're having fun with them and you'll see that which with each practice and sketch, you'll get better and better. So remember that the secret off drawing is to practice a lot a lot and repeats. You see that with each trying to do you get much better than how you were before. So okay, we have here are based caller. Now I'm going Teoh paint or button here with another tone. Maybe something, uh, maybe Graystone going for something like this. I think it's school and now again, our shadows. So I'm going to pick here. The blue that we used has faced caller and I'm going to use a darker tone. Remember that. This that I know wrong way to go about it. About this. So you might prefer to use other colors, for example, or another kind off process to do your shadows sell up to you. It's very important for you to experiment even the kind of brushes you're using. Try out different brushes or materials and see what you prefer to use. So here we go. We have our faults happening right here. So now it's a time for fun. Like I said, I like to be very messaged my shadows. So this is a very fun part for me again. We might have different opinions here. Maybe drawing the lines is your favorite part of the sketch. Everyone is different in everyone has different tastes. I really like doing The shadows are false you because I can go completely wild with its and just have fun. And again, I always like to give this warning. When drawing either lines or just painting, remember to use your whole arm. You'll know to set your lines, and everything you do will look much more natural and relaxed. And it will also, um, because you're less pain. Sometimes when you're trying for too long, our hands and restart hurts, and this way you'll affords those kinds off pains. So I think like them Holly are right now. So I think this is it just going toe ads Some shadows, Hugh Tor button as well. And this is its We have our genes done. I hope you had fun. We're drawing them. And I hope you like to feed. Use. Don't leave yet, because next you have an assignment. So I will see you on the next video. 5. Time To Practice!: Hello again. I hope you enjoyed your review so far and learned a lot. It's now time to practice. So I've put a quick assignment for you. We're going to practice drawing pence, and I have three different images for you to choose from. Just speak one off them and draw it. You can also don't know the images to your computer and print 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 project. And, as always, have fun. 6. Thank You And 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 close as well. If you can leave a review that will help me messily. 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.