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Hello everyone! I’m excited to announce that the release of my new book, Drawing Realistic People and Clothing, is almost here. It was a challenging book to write, for drawing clothing realistically is just that: A challenge. I hope you will enjoy the book, and glean some new insight for drawing believable-looking fabric and clothing. To give you a better description of what you can expect, here is the introduction I wrote for it:
Excerpt from Drawing Realistic People and Clothing
As an art instructor, I analyze the questions and concerns my students have. I see them struggle in drawing particular subjects, and I know how hard certain things can be to draw. I was a beginner once myself, and I never forget how frustrating it all can be.
One of the most difficult things to draw in my opinion is realistic, believable looking clothing. Even after I have taught my students the basics of portraiture, their drawings often fall short when the clothing is then applied. Rarely does the beginning student have the knowledge to make the clothing as believable as the portrait itself. If this is true for you as well, you’re not alone!
With this book, my intention is to alleviate some of the frustration associated with drawing fabric. I want to take the mystery out of it, and give the art of drawing clothing an easy-to-follow process. All it takes is the right amount of practice and an understanding of what to look for, and that’s what the projects in this book are designed to do. If the projects and exercises in the book are done in the order that they’re presented, I guarantee you will have more pleasing results!
Learning anything new can often mean knowing “what NOT to do” more than anything else. It’s no different when learning how to draw fabric and clothing. I see the same mistakes made repeatedly in early student work. These errors are really about perception and observation.
The biggest mistake I see is the use of too many hard lines. It’s important to remember that fabric is one surface, wrapping around the human form. You should only use a hard line to depict fabric when it’s creased, folded or overlapping something. Otherwise, use gentle shading.
You’ll notice that there’s very little of the face shown in the artwork of this book. It’s my goal to make you proficient in drawing clothing, not faces. Portraiture is a whole different, difficult subject. (You can always refer to my book, Lifelike Portraits from Photographs for learning to draw the face. The two books compliment each other very well.)
Please let me know how you progress after doing some of the exercises in Drawing Realistic People and Clothing (click here to get your copy). I just know you’ll see a huge improvement in your work. Have fun!
And most of all, thanks for being a fan of my books. As you know, I do it all for you!
Lee Hammond has been called the Queen of Drawing. That may not be fair these days, since in addition to providing the best drawing lessons, she has also created fantastic books and videos filled with the same easy to follow acrylic painting techniques, colored pencil techniques and more. Click here to see all of the instructional books and DVDs that Lee Hammond has to offer!
• Free download! Easy Acrylic Painting Techniques by Lee Hammond