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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:


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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,
~TLA
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BDTite1919 Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2015  Student General Artist
Thanks.
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HaileyMarshall Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2014  Student Filmographer
In note of the critique posted, I feel that all of what was mentioned was just a matter of opinion.

1.) Humor is disruptive - opinion
2.) Stating what is obvious - opinion

I believe that people who look at this will CLEARLY understand that it is for the very beginners. And even as a person who has a somewhat decent understanding of drawing, I find this to be very informative and actually enjoy the humor! You're never too old to do basics, and sometimes you need to go back to the beginning to gain a fresh start. Thank you for the informative tutorial!
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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.
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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
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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 :)
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AlisMeisVolo Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2014  Hobbyist
thank you for the great tutorials :3
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Aqua-1234 Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2014  Hobbyist
I LOVE your tutorials Neko Emoji-37 (Yay) [V2] 
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Namine24 Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2014
Ok
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Black-Card Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2014
Daw, damn, this is hard
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Shattered-Earth Featured By Owner May 9, 2014   Digital Artist
yea, everything starts off hard ToT
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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
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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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Codliet Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Ahh thanks for this!  I think it'll really help when I draw clothes now. XD <3
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Shattered-Earth Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2014   Digital Artist
sure i'm glad it will help :D
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NadiaHarumi Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2013
Yay! Thankiees:iconrubcheeksplz:
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Shattered-Earth Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2013   Digital Artist
aw you're welcome!
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osama13 Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2013  Professional General Artist
that was very helpful thanks
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Shattered-Earth Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2013   Digital Artist
glad you found it useful!
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RareBel Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Poor Clothe-chan D:

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Shattered-Earth Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2013   Digital Artist
ah it'll get over it >_> XD
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RareBel Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2013  Student Digital Artist
I forgotten all about this comment even though I read this every-time I start having issues with folds.
So I was Like well thats rude. Then read what the comment was about lol. Love the clothe-chan doodle though. 
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milkcosmos Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
*favs for Cloth-chan*
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Shattered-Earth Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2013   Digital Artist
thanks :3
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AuruanLea Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
This is a lovely reminder on how to make folds a whole lot better than the generic lazy way. Thanks! :la:
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Shattered-Earth Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2013   Digital Artist
yay thanks glad you like it :D
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Datas-Girl Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2013  Student General Artist
Oh... Oh mai. This. I needed this tutorial.
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Shattered-Earth Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2013   Digital Artist
aw hope it helps you!
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Datas-Girl Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2013  Student General Artist
Me too... I need to stop using lines. XP
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Wavedrake Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
mind= expanded @_@ Gosh this makes me visualize folds so much better, and makes me look at even my own clothes now, and I can seeee the rolls and masses in them, this is great |D thank you for making it!
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Shattered-Earth Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2013   Digital Artist
fantasitic! glad it could help :)
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petiteUlis Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2013
I realized a few times ago that lines have nothing real, they were drawn for comprehension purpose or style but not because they existed like that. You are the first one to say that lines are symbolic, I'm glad to see this in a tutorial at least.
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Shattered-Earth Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2013   Digital Artist
for sure, thanks! i think it helps to keep reminding yourself that when learning wrinkles :)
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Riemea Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Really great! I have huge problems with drawing folds, and this was super helpful, thanks!
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LoneWintress Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
wow i'm just going to look at this everyday now.

/bookmarks
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Shattered-Earth Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2013   Digital Artist
Better yet, look at your own clothes every day :D
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LoneWintress Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I tried to draw my clothes wrinkles but I failed asldfkas;lk
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Shattered-Earth Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2013   Digital Artist
hey it takes time, don't worry :)
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skyblue000 Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks so much for this! :aww: I was having trouble with drawing the folds/wrinkles... x( This really helped! :love:
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Shattered-Earth Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2013   Digital Artist
aw :hug: great!
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LittleCho Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2013  Hobbyist Interface Designer
many thanks ^^
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Shattered-Earth Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2013   Digital Artist
np, glad it's useful :)
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AquaXranoX Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2013  Student Digital Artist
My teacher told me that part at the top...to draw from realistic, but idk why i still can't get it...
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Shattered-Earth Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2013   Digital Artist
It takes time, do you practice drawing fabrics and clothes in real life?
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AquaXranoX Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2013  Student Digital Artist
I'm now starting with folds so I'm gonna practice a lot, but thanks, It just seems so far fetched for me to understand it
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Shattered-Earth Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2013   Digital Artist
Awww it's ok everyone feels like that when they are doing something new :), i've seen tons of people actually say that in the comments of my tutorials XD but trust me it'll click eventually, good luck!
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AquaXranoX Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Thank you so much :)
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TheSkaldofNvrwinter Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I need to go back to the 'basics' and start doing more still life drawings, of cloths, objects, etc...problem is, I don't have access to a person that will model for me
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Shattered-Earth Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2013   Digital Artist
You always have yourself :)
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kenzija Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
...I think that my skill level just went up 20% ( My skill level is now 35ish% out of 100% ) ! This helped sooo much! THX!!
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Shattered-Earth Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2012   Digital Artist
haha the secret is there's no such thing as 100% :U
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