How to Draw Clothes on a Fashion Figure : Step 1 (Horizontal Lines)

How to Draw Clothes on body – Step 1 : Horizontal Lines

Do you want to learn how to draw clothes ? You are in the right place, It is the beginning of the “step by step drawing clothes” series.  In this post is about understanding and designing  the horizantal lines of clothing. So you will learn how to wrap clothes around body so the garments look 3D.

How to Draw clothes : Horizontal Lines of Clothing

For better understanding , Imagine you are looking at a barrel and your eye is on the center of it. The rings of the barrel which is in eye level look like straight horizontal line, Rings above your eye level curve upward and the further away have more curve. The rings below your eye level, curve downward and the further away have more curve.

Apply this rule to figures body, pretend waist is on eye level so any line above waistline is curved upward, and any lines under waistline curving downward and as it goes down curves more.

Note : the curve should be perpendicular to the limb. For example in front, curve should be perpendicular to center line. In the foot, the curve should be perpendicular to the direction of the limb.

Drawing neck lines :

If you look at someone in profile view you see Neck step forward. Therefore you have to dress for shortening. If you imagine neck as a cylinder, it is step forward and the opening of cylinder will be on the top. So the line on the neck will follow the opening curve and are curve downward.

Foreshortened arm:

Imagine arm or forearm as cylinder. The opening cylinder is the closest side of arm of forearm. So the curve will follow the opening.

Foreshortened leg in walking figure:

in the walking pose one leg scrunch so much so the curves are more rounded comparing the other leg

Tips for drawing clothes on model back pose

Drawing clothes on the Back of the figure

For the back of the figure the direction of curve lines in torso are opposite of front but the legs direction doesn’t change. It means any line Above the waist line the curve downward and any lines below the waist line curve upward.


Drawing the neck lines from back view : the base of the neck is closest so the curve should be upwarded

Drawing clothes for the figure In the side view :

as you learned in the torso the curves direction are opposite in front and back so   you should connect curving up in front to curving down in back above the waistline and connect curving down in front and curving up in back. Curve line in arm and leg is same as front pose.

Tips for drawing clothes on model side pose

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