HOW TO DRAW TARTAN PATTERN WITH MARKERS

Drawing tartan pattern is going to be easy and fun. Follow along with me to learn how to draw the endless variety of amazing tartans using markers. From Vivienne Westwood to Dsquared, designers love this pattern for its colors, versatility, and heritage. Knowing how to make layers with markers and mix different colors, you will able to render this pattern and even design your own tartans.

 

INTRO

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Tartan is a patterned fabric comprised of crisscrossed horizontal and vertical bands in 2 or more colors. Originally tartan was made of woven wool, yet now they are made with numerous different materials.

 

TARTAN DRAWING TUTORIAL

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*If you use markers of a different brand, check out this Promarker color chart to match the colors.   

STEP 1 – WARM UP

Before the start let’s do some exercises to make more confident movements later.

When drawing a tartan pattern it is important to draw precise lines both with markers and pencils.

A) First, open your notebook and using the pencil draw several parallel vertical lines and then – horizontal parallel lines.

♥  Tip – hold your breath when drawing a line. That really helps to keep it smooth.

After finishing, draw some parallel curved lines.

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B) Next, make some straight and curved lines with your marker.

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C) Next, let’s get introduced to the technique that we are going to use in the video tutorial very soon. Repeat every step shown in the image below.

  1. Draw a square with a marker of any hue (Cardinal Red Promarker in the example)
  2. Make parallel horizontal and vertical lines with grey marker (Cool Grey 4 Promarker in the example)
  3. Draw 3 lines on every light stripe, horizontal and vertical, with a black pencil.
  4. Draw 1 line on every dark stripe, horizontal and vertical, with a yellow pencil.

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STEP 2 – SKETCH PREPARATION

In Step 3 we will follow a video tutorial, where I am giving a step-by-step explanation of how to render a gorgeous tartan dress. In order to follow me effectively, you will need to prepare a sketch of a model. You can easily do it with an FSketcher’s free printable fashion drawing template.  Just click the image below. You can use it as a reference or you can print it and trace it.

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STEP 3 – SKETCH RENDERING

By now you should have your sketch ready for the tartan rendering. So let’s get started. Follow the video tutorial below. Keep in mind that before starting drawing next cluster of elements, you should wait till the marker dries. E.g., draw vertical lines – marker dries – draw horizontal lines – marker dries – use pencils.

STEP 4 – DESIGN PROJECT

Nothing works better for learning than practice. Now you know how to draw tartan with markers. Put your new skills into a fashion illustration and upload it to the comment section below. Will it be punk-movement-inspired rebellious look? Or maybe you’ll challenge common beliefs and design something soft and gracious with a tartan pattern? 😉 Don’t worry about your skills. You can get very useful feedback by actively participating in FSketcher’s online sketching classes and bit by bit your drawing abilities will grow and advance.

 

SOME FACTS ABOUT TARTAN

Tartan is especially associated with Scotland, even though it has been used since early ages in Latin America, Africa, Scandinavia and other parts of the world. In the Victorian and Edwardian times, tartan-clad pieces of clothing highlighted in the fashion catalogs. By then, tartan had moved from being mostly a segment of men’s apparel to end up an imperative piece of ladies’ style.

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As a result of its association with the British privileged and military, tartan became a symbol of exclusivity and dignity. That is a reason why tartan has made returns in the realm of fashion a few times. For example, tartan made a revival in punk style. In the late 1970s, punk music was a path for youth in the British Isles to express their dissatisfaction with the authorities.

In such a way tartan, worn unorthodoxly, turned into an anti-institutional symbol. No surprise that such rebellious fashion designer as Alexander McQueen frequently used tartan in his designs.

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