I think I’m grossly unqualified to be writing this post.
I don’t have any formal art training after high-school. In fact, I think of myself as an avid doodler more than I think of myself as an artist, but I’ve had a few requests for thoughts on drawing clothes for paper dolls, so I am going to try to offer a tiny tutorial on how I draw.
I encourage people to draw their own clothing for the paper dolls. That is how I learned to draw by drawing for my own paper dolls and those my mother drew for me. I think the best way to learn is to do it over and over again. I have some of my old paper dolls from high school… perhaps I shall post them for people to see my early works.
If you want to learn how I draw a t-shirt, the post continues below. I don’t normally do that, but this ended up LONG, mostly due to the photos. Speaking of the photos, I am really bad at them… so, please forgive the remarkably poor iPhone pics.
Before you start, you really need a pencil, a piece of paper that either you can see through or you have a light source behind (a window or a light box both work well) and a copy of whatever paper doll you want to dress.
Normally, I draw in pencil and than ink the pencil lines, because you can erase pencil. Mostly, because I knew pencil wouldn’t show up very well in photos, I am using pen for this. Don’t use pen at home, because when you mess up, it’s a lot harder to correct, as I will demonstrate around Step 5.
Also, reference material is of great help. So, find a good picture of a t-shirt and let’s get started. (I didn’t use one when I drew this, because I’ve drawn a lot of t-shirts in my life.)
Step 1: Template
Step 2: The Neckline
Step 3: Chest
Step 4: Shoulders
Step 5: Sleeves
Step 6: Side One
Step 7: Other Side and Bottom…
Remember what I said about grossly unqualified to be trying to write a drawing tutorial? Yeah, I wasn’t joking…
Two other things before I sign off for the day.
1) Clothing is rarely skin tight, so leave a little space between the lines of the garment and the lines of the paper doll. This allows for errors in cutting as well.
2) You’ll need to add tabs which I usually do with photo-shop rather than when I am drawing the clothes. This has to do with how I color my dolls and has nothing to do with what I think is the most logical way to go about doing things.
So, I want to know if people found this useful? Because I can also show how I draw pants and skirts and other things, but before I go back to practicing my iPhone photo skills, I’d like to know if people want more of these. They’re not hard, but they are a bit different from what I’m used to doing. Share in the comments what you think. I shall respond when I return from my current travels about Alabama.