4.1.2 Emphasising form with cloth

For a drawing emphasising form with cloth, I am sketching Andre watching TV in a baggy pyjamas, seated with a plain scarf thrown over his shoulder that is further curling down on the sofa. A4 with a soft pencil, keeping the marks very light


I need a LOT more practice to get a drawing like this right. The figure is very stiff and too long. But I quite like the pose and how it occupies the diagonal of the page. I think you can feel the baggy soft clothes and the scarf on the shoulder and arm too.

Tom by the piano in a baggy jumper and Ria curled up in a blanket:


Tom and Ria sharing a blanket and watching a movie:


I think the merging of the shapes of the figures and the cloth is getting better- the shapes are clearer and softer. The composition on the page here is not ideal as I started off sketching only Ria and then added Tom when he joined on the sofa. I enjoy the cozy feel of the drawing though.

Ria reading under a blanket:


Here you see the curled up body under the blanket well. I started up in the middle of the drawing with a little too generous scale though, so the right side got a little cramped. I have to plot out the whole first before drawing too detailed.

Ria wrapped in a blanket playing with her phone:


Here I focused on the shape instead of getting wrapped up in details of the face etc, and I think it worked better. I like the general triangle shape and the drawing fills the page well. Still a lot to learn about drawing cloth as well as figure but I already feel somewhat more confident.


4.1.1 Fabric and form

Drawing fabric using line and tone

Here I am throwing a piece of cloth over a chair and will make a pencil line drawing of it, looking at the shapes caused by the folds:


And in tone:


So obviously I was struggling with the chair- but I was also surprised at how difficult I found it to draw the cloth.

The theory behind folds and geometrical patterns:


Another go at line and tone:


The tone drawing is slowly starting to look like a cloth, but the line drawing is still far from it.

Some trials with various media:

I did NOT expect this exercise to be so difficult! I will continue with the course and keep returning to this fabric drawing.

Another look at fabric and folds:


Slowly getting there..


Mosquitonet and a thick blanket on my bed:


I believe you can see that the mosquitonet is thin and the blanket thick, but the folds of the blanket still don’t look good. I am really taken aback by how difficult this exercise is for me. I knew I would struggle with figure drawing- but cloth! How difficult can it be to draw some folds! Very apparently.

One more trial with a sheet rolled together on a stool.


This was a “found scene” that attracted me, but in hindsight it would be better to sketch a cloth with the ends sticking out- they give a lot of information about the shape. I think you can see the folds and surface, but it becomes a weird unidentifyable object here.

And now Clara- get on with the course! I seem to always get stuck on the first exercises of the chapter for far too long- time to move on !