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The BASICS : Folds + Wrinkles by Shattered-Earth The BASICS : Folds + Wrinkles by Shattered-Earth
I've been thinking about making this for a while now. It's meant to seriously attack the BASE problems and issues beginners have with folds.

There are LOTS of tutorials and stuff out there for folds and wrinkles, but most of them go straight to like, "Examples of x x and x folds" which people then copy instead of learning to understand WHY folds are the way they are and are painted the way they are. This then just breeds bad habits with wrinkles and folds.

I hope this helps mitigate that issue ^_^; Again, i'm not super great at this, but I hope this can help people. Remember the only sure fire way to get better is to observe and draw from life!

Check out the other BASIC Basics:


As for fold tutorials i DO like? Check this one out once you've got the basics down! B) No point in reinventing the wheel from here XD
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This was an.... okay tutorial for very rough beginners. Anyone who knows a decent amount could see this tutorial and say "No shit." several times. While there were parts of it that much to desire when it came to variety and diversity, the main idea and techniques given here will prove quite useful in the long run.

Most beginning artists don't understand it, but wrinkles/folds in art are technically sections of shadow and light very close to one another, much like you said. They create form, texture and balance in a way that a simple line can't capture, but you are missing something here. While you mentioned gravity in your drawings, you forgot about pressure, cloth on cloth, forces pulling on it in more ways than just down and several more things.

Also... you tried to be entertaining by being "funny". Frankly, the humor here only made me roll my eyes and prefer not to actually read. This would work for someone just having fun and not being one bit serious, but a mature person who is actually serious about learning would get little or nothing from this. In fact, if I was going to take this seriously, I would have stopped after cloth-chan. Cute idea originally, but overused and obnoxious.

I guess what I'm trying to say is, you had a general idea going here, but you ruined it by giving fluff over meat. I wish I would have gotten more out of this, such as the difference between a diaper fold and a spiral fold. One thing you could have added here that would have change the game entirely is a way to take normal pictures and make the folds/wrinkles in them more obvious and easy to see. That way, younger artists would say "Wow. I didn't know that." and then do it, thus learning over long term without you lifting a finger any further than this.

My advice is... try to be educational over entertaining. It may not seem like it, but that will get you much, much further in the long run.

Good luck to you,
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Zarras Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Despite what the critique said, I think this tutorial is helpful and the humor is quite motivational in my eyes. Not everyone learns in the same way and some people like it serious, some like a little bit relief.

Now as for me, this tutorial helped me with the basic understanding of how folds work. It gives you the idea you need, to get into this topic further.

Ps: I laughed at the arm with the apple because that is exactly how I draw folds LOL.
Shattered-Earth Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2014   Digital Artist
Thanks for the support! I was a bit surprised that they thought no one drew like this, because i know i did when i started and many others as we can see from the comments. I'm glad this continues to help those who need it <3
Zarras Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
You're welcome :) Yeah well I can partly understand that because maybe they didn't start of with the anime/manga style those lines are mostly coming from, and of course, comic as well. When they started off with realistic drawing in the first place, it wouldn't occur to them anyways to draw folds like in the abstract way. If that makes sense? xD

Yep, I'm sure this will help a lot of other people as well :)
AlisMeisVolo Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2014  Hobbyist
thank you for the great tutorials :3
Aqua-1234 Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2014  Hobbyist
I LOVE your tutorials Neko Emoji-37 (Yay) [V2] 
Namine24 Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2014
Black-Card Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2014
Daw, damn, this is hard
Shattered-Earth Featured By Owner May 9, 2014   Digital Artist
yea, everything starts off hard ToT
sweetmissfifi Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
thanks for the effort but sometimes people (like me) are too stupid to understand simple (to others but not to me) stuff like this :D
Shattered-Earth Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2014   Digital Artist
Aw i think you can understand, maybe not right now but when you get further :)
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