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Dynamic Wrinkles and Drapery: Solutions for Drawing the Clothed Figure

4.09  ·  Rating details ·  631 ratings  ·  14 reviews
Understanding how the body moves is the key to rendering clothing, as world-renowned artist Hogarth demonstrates in this unique book.
Paperback, 144 pages
Published October 1st 1995 by Watson-Guptill (first published 1992)
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May 01, 2015 rated it liked it
Well first of all Hogarth, the illustrator is a dynamic artist, there is no doubt about that. And I did learn something from this book, however... In my opinion, this is a book for beginners and it does explain kinetic forces, the push and pull of fabric, crossing wrinkles, compression wrinkles, hanging wrinkles, passive or lying wrinkles, wrinkle patterns, textures, and supposedly different materials.
For me there were just too many wrinkles. Everything looked like it was made out of cheese clo
Jan 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
An excellent book I constantly refer back to for drawing the clothed figure.
Mar 16, 2012 rated it liked it

Not for beginners, which meant I felt a bit overwhelmed. Each page has a stunning drawing of some imaginative character in flight, mid dance or doing sports with their costumes, helms and skirts flying. There is no how-to whatsoever, and the explanations center around what points, or anchors of the body clothing wrinkles crease from. The word crotch was used a lot. You'd need to be decent at drawing anatomy and most textures already to be able to use the information. I would have liked to see mo
Jul 24, 2022 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: art, instruction
I've been using this book for several years and it's one of the few that I always keep within arm's reach of my desk. Beautifully illustrated and superb commentary. ...more
Tim S.
Feb 16, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: for-artists
While not especially reader friendly with its stiff wording and excessive jargon, the first half of this book contains what is probably the most practical system for understanding why wrinkles form that I've read. Simple, easy to understand, and something even novices like myself can begin incorporating successfully into their own work right away.

The rest of the book deals with specific cases -- wrinkles formed underwater, wrinkles appearing in old clothing, etc -- some of which is more useful
May 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: art-help
This is maybe one of the best books on folds and drapery, and learning how to draw cloth from imagination.
It's not a book for beginners. Hogarth's style is very particular and often not entirely accurate or true to life. The book also doesn't give a step-by-step explanation, but it does show all types of folds and wrinkles and how they occur.
So if you want to understand cloth and learn to draw it without references, it's the perfect fit, if you want to learn how to copy it from life and make
Dan Henk
Jan 04, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This, in my view, is one of his best books. It really helps you understand the mechanics of why things wrinkle and fold the way they do in real life. This is essential for the artist, especially if reference is not used.
Jan 24, 2019 rated it liked it
The purpose of this book is to help the reader depict wrinkles, folds, and drapery by taking a closer look at how the actions of the figure move the material they're wearing. Here is how the fabric is moving and why. If you're an experienced artist this book probably won't teach you much, but if you're just getting into art or struggling a bit with drawing fabrics, I do think it's worth picking this one up.

Examples in art books can be a bit extreme or look silly despite how useful the informatio
Moza Al Falasi
May 12, 2020 rated it really liked it
A great source for body movements, and fabrics' textures.
Liked that they did some close ups to the figures.
I recommend this book for artists and manga makers
Hadji VanderVeer
Feb 06, 2014 rated it really liked it
Burne does it again in form and space relation,with body movement in connection to fabric
Jul 23, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This is a must have reference book for any serious artist. It helps makes sense of the way clothing drapes on a figure in all sorts of movements. I refer to this one a lot.
Martha Smith
Jul 04, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: art
I found this book to be helpful when I first started drawing clothed figures. I think most beginning drawing students would find some of the illustrations helpful and instructive.
Serge Pierro
Aug 12, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: art
A good book for understanding how drapery and wrinkles on the human form. Not as "exciting" as some of his other books, but still has good information within. ...more
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Burne Hogarth started young. Born in 1911, he was enrolled in the Chicago Art Institute at the age of 12 and an assistant cartoonist at Associated Editors' Syndicate at 15. At the age of 26, he was chosen from a pool of a dozen applicants as Hal Foster's successor on the United Features Syndicate strip, "Tarzan". His first strip, very much in Foster's style, appeared May 9, 1937. It wasn't long be ...more

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