How To Draw Anime Clothes with Pencil

How To Draw Anime Clothes with this how-to video and step-by-step drawing instructions. How to draw anime for beginners and All.

How To Draw Anime Clothes

Please see the drawing tutorial in the video below


You can refer to the simple step-by-step drawing guide below

Step 1

To start this clothing tutorial, I wanted to discuss the different body types and how they affect the clothes worn. Here we have three different bodies; one is chubby and chubby, the other is average skinny, and the last one is a muscular man. Take a close look at how similar clothing styles are affected by the shape of the bodies. Note that the chubby body has fewer wrinkles and only a slight hint of wrinkles in the narrowest waist areas. Clothing fits this body shape, emphasizing features far more than the average figure. Now, moving to the middle image, we see that there are a lot of wrinkles in the most active areas. The next picture, is a muscular man, corresponding to a stout body. The clothes stick to the protruding part of the body, obviously the muscles. Wrinkles are also stretched around the largest part of the muscle. To sharpen your observation skills, research lots and lots of references on how clothing affects many body types!

Step 2

It is important to note that clothing has different effects on the body of women and men. It is important to know the difference and the principle of drawing people of the opposite sex. I recommend you check out my “how to draw anime body” tutorial that will teach you the basic limits of female and male bodies. Again, women have curvier bodies, and of course ‘chests’. Their shoulders are also softer and smaller than men’s. Notice that the male body is sharper with very broad shoulders. This is because, men are built to give women; means that hunting, fighting and traveling requires strength and endurance. Again, consult and observe!

Step 3

I get a lot of people asking me, “Where do I draw wrinkles? How do I know where it is”. This tip will help you know exactly where to place the crease. Normally, wrinkles will appear whenever “force” is applied to the garment. That is, if someone is bending, the joint areas, there will be wrinkles appear. This is because activity in this particular area will cause the fabric to wrinkle, become tight and loose in that area. Remember, the clothes being ‘weared’ are not ‘glued’ to the body. Whenever someone moves, the clothes move with the body.

Step 4

This is just an example of what I mean. Look at the correct way to draw the crease on the bent arm, as opposed to the wrong way. The correct way would be to draw them in folds where the clothes are lying or where there is strong movement. Of course, the shoulders will have to move a lot, so wrinkles will be drawn on the upper edge of the biceps.

Step 5

Here’s another example of where wrinkles would appear if someone were reaching their arms up, working in that shoulder area. See how the shirt flows with the shape of the body; chest, waist, and of course, shoulders. I should also point out that when the body is arched like this, the shoulder line is changed in the direction of the side.

Step 6

This tip will be brief, mainly because I don’t want to go over the step limit. As you’re drawing the folds (on the right), you’ll want to draw the overlapping crease first. Then you can progress with drawing layers below it. It is important to understand that pleats are overlapping fabrics. Try to establish for yourself the foundation of knowing the direction of the fold. I recommend researching a lot of clothing references to improve your mental image arsenal.

Step 7

Here are a few variations of clothing styles for men. I have taken all the information from above and show only a few of the thousands of clothing styles you can draw your characters in. I drew (from right to left) formal wear, informal dress,

Step 8

Because drawing collars was difficult for me in the past, I want to give you a very easy way to draw them. A shirt collar is basically a folded piece of fabric. You’ll want to draw the outline of the top shape of the collar, and then the folded bottom sections. I know this guy who looks like Slenderman…

Step 9

Here are a few feminine collar styles commonly seen in everyday fashion. Look at how each piece of clothing affects the person’s personality. Remember what I said about clothes that reflect your personality!

Step 10

This step is for those who plan to draw a character with a purposeful clothing design and want to shade/color their artwork. Remember that direction will affect shadows and light reflected on an object. Where your light source hits, that’s what will dictate your highlights, shadows, and reflections.

Step 11

So for the first step, all you have to do is draw your body’s posture, including the lines of motion. Create the head, the body (with a heart shape), and then the liner for the body and the face lines.

Step 12

Draw the realistic shape of the female model’s face, then paint in a section of hair that will be the foundation of the hairstyle.

Step 13

Now that the face shape has been drawn, we can process the face itself. Start with thick or bold liner for the top lash line with pointed lashes. Once done, you can create the realistic shape of the eyes, as well as thin lining for the eyebrows, nose, and mouth. I didn’t really try to focus on the face or the model because the lesson only focused on the clothes.

Step 14

Now we will deal with drawing the rest or most of the hairstyle. Since one of the popular styles these days is the grungy style where one side of the head is shaved, I thought I would do that for her. Draw the ponytail on top of her hair, then draw the length against her shoulders. Add details to her hair, then draw in the ear as well as define the inside of the ear.

Step 15

Next, we’re getting closer to completing this tutorial. All you have to do here is draw the shape of her neck, then draw the shoulders, along with the arms, torso, and chest shapes.

Step 16

Draw the glass like this, then add some strokes along the sides of her chest, waist and belly.

Step 17

Since this is a clothing lesson I don’t want to draw her wearing too many clothes so all I will do is sew a simple sports bra like the one above. But before we start, let’s finish off the rest of the hairstyle like that, then draw the bust, straps, and then the elongation detail on her chest. Erase the mistakes and you’re done.

Step 18

With everything drawn from the previous steps, you should have something very similar to this one. I hope you guys enjoyed this lesson, I certainly had a lot of fun doing it (despite all the effort put into the tips). Join me next time, folks!

Step 19

This is what I finished coloring the chick in this anime. I got my inspiration from a clothing place called ‘LumiGram’, which sells optical clothing for clubbing or decorations (spiky ones!). I hope you have learned and enjoyed this lesson! Maybe I’ll do a coloring tutorial in the future, let me know in the comments and I’ll totally take a look at it 🙂

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