Set up and a still life using a piece of white or light-colored cloth hung or draped to create simple folds. Draw it using a value-blocking or wipe-out method. Work from general to specific and strive for a full range of values. Your drawing must be between 9″ x 12″ and 18″ x 24″ in size and can be in charcoal (preferred), graphite or other monochromatic medium. Due Monday, December 7 at the beginning of class.
- Find a sheet, towel, t-shirt… whatever fabric you have around that is near-white and plain (no patterns or printing).
- Tack the cloth to a wall or drape it over something and arrange a few folds.
- Point a light at it from one direction to create strong shadows.
- Determine the basic geometric shapes and proportional measurements that compose the cloth and make guide marks on your paper accordingly. Don’t freak out. Drapery looks complex, but, like anything else, it can be broken down into simple shapes if you take the time to look for them.
- Find the overall shapes of light and dark and block them in using your drawing materials or eraser (depending on whether you’re doing value-blocking or wipe-out). Start with two values: shapes are seen as either light or dark.
- Refine the lights and darks by adding more subtle value shifts.
- Don’t forget to stand back, compare and evaluate.
Examples from the Interwebs
Here are a few examples of drapery studies from the web. You do not need to set up folds as complex as the ones that appear in some of these—three or four vertical folds will do. Of course, if you’re feeling ambitious, go right ahead and set up something more involved. Just remember to work general to specific and all over the page rather than getting bogged down in details.