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How to Draw Drapery: The Spiral Fold with Iliya Mirochnik

How to Draw Drapery: The Spiral Fold
What is a Spiral Fold? Drapery

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Iliya Mirochnik
Design, Still life
Charcoal, Charcoal Pencil, Paper
1h 20m 28s
Russian Drawing Course 6: Drapery

In this lesson, you will learn how to construct and render the Spiral Fold– a fold commonly seen in loose-fitting sleeves and pant legs. You will expand on your ability to describe drapery over form and use your knowledge to describe the movement and weight of fabric over a cylindrical form.

Students are encouraged to work from the NMA reference images and 3D viewer included on this page*.

Join Ukrainian-born artist Iliya Mirochnik as he passes on a 250-year-old academic method preserved at the Repin Academy in Saint Petersburg, Russia and seldom taught outside of the Academy and never before on camera.

The Russian Academic drawing and painting approaches were uninterrupted by the modern art movements that transformed representational art in the West, and as a result, they provide a unique and clear lineage to the greater art traditions of the past. As a powerful approach that is both constructive and depictive, it combines the two methods that prevail in contemporary representational art.

In this series of drawing courses, we have set out to condense the entire program, spanning over eight years into a logical, step-by-step procedure. We have made improvements and added resources and exercises to explicitly drive home the concepts that are required to work in this approach.

We have also structured the course so that it is not only useful for professional and experienced artists but also artists with no drawing experience whatsoever.

In the last part of our Russian Academic Drawing Course, Iliya used plaster casts to analyze and explain the organic and important forms found in the face. In this next part, Drapery: The Russian Approach, we will delve into the different constructions of cloth, highlighting the effect that each one has.

The New Masters Academy Coaching Program directly supports this Course. If you enroll in the coaching program, you can request an artist trained in the Russian Academic Method including Iliya Mirochnik himself. Click here to enroll in the Coaching Program.


  • Charcoal pencils – Conté Pierre Noire
  • Vine Charcoal
  • Kneaded and Gum Erasers
  • Roll of Paper, Smooth Sketchbook paper
  • Easel
  • Light source
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