How to Draw the Costumed / Draped Figure

Learn how to draw the costume and props from reference or from imagination in this immense course by three senior New Masters Academy instructors - Disney art director Bill Perkins, film and game character designer and figure painter Charles Hu, and internationally renowned draftsman Glenn Vilppu. Drawing from live models and photo references, as well as master drawings of the past, you will learn to capture expression, emotion and weighting of the pose as well as shapes and rhythms created by the costume folds. Bill Perkins teach you the action analysis study developed in Walt Disney Studios for animators. Charles Hu will demonstrate how to directly sketch costumed figure using many different media and how to apply language to your drawing. With Glenn Vilppu you will learn the seven major folds as well as approaches for using drapery to push the gesture of the pose and showing the form beneath in the case of clothing, as well as how different weights of fabrics behave differently. This course is perfect for fine artists, entertainment designers, comic & anime artists, and animators as well as portrait painters or for anyone who wants to draw or paint drapery from observation or imagination.

20 Lessons 34h 9m 7s of videos

Level 1

Level 2

In this lesson, you will learn how to harmonize all the marks you practiced to make before. You start from marking down emotional expression and weighting of the pose, shapes created by the costume folds, and rhythms created by those shapes. After that, you mark down an “eye pathway” and your combination of three design matrices. Finally, you harmonize all these marks.

Level 3

Level 4

Common Questions

Who is this course for?

This course is perfect for fine artists, entertainment designers, comic & anime artists, and animators as well as portrait painters or for anyone who wants to draw or paint drapery from observation or imagination.

The style of drawings doesn't match my own. Am I in the right place?

Yes! The best way to be able to depict realistic subject matter is to understand it's mechanics, and that's what this course is all about. The style you use in your own work, even realism, is up to you!

Is this a costume design course?

No. In this course you will learn how to represent and draw drapery and costume but not how to do costume design.

How much figure drawing do I need for this course?

You should at least do one of our beginning figure drawing courses or have a few years of figure drawing experience before attempting to draw the costumed figure.

What's the best way to take this course?

Take notes in your sketchbook during the lecture. Follow along with the instructor demos stroke-by-stroke, then practice on your own with the provided references.

Which courses should I complete before this?

You should have basic figure drawing and construction drawing skills. Our foundational course is a minimum. It is also recommended to take Iliya Mirochnik's Drapery Drawing Course as well (coming in 2020).

When was this course recorded?

Parts of this course (the Glenn Vilppu portion), were recorded earlier than the bulk of it which was recorded in 2018.

I notice some audio issues in the recording.

Portions of this course were recorded live and as a result some of the audio has some artifacts that can't be resolved. Hopefully the usefulness of the information outweighs this distraction.