HOW TO DRAW BLUE JEANS
In this step-by-step fashion drawing tutorial, you are going to learn how to render a denim fabric for your fashion sketches. As an example, we are going to draw loose and skinny types of jeans. After finishing this class, you will be able to show realistic jeans, not just blue trousers 😉 So let’s jump into the tutorial.
Denim is a rough cotton twill fabric, in which the weft goes under two or more warp threads. This creates the distinguished diagonal ribbing identifiable on the back side of the fabric. The yard is dyed with indigo or blue dye, while horizontal yarns remain white.
DENIM RENDERING TUTORIAL
- Sakura Pigma Micron Pen 0.1 for the outline http://amzn.to/2hyWCe5
- Winsor & Newton* (W&N) Denim Blue Promarker http://amzn.to/2CpYGiL
- W&N Black Promarker http://amzn.to/2hwmeuw
- W&N Pastel Blue Promarker http://amzn.to/2n15uOI
- Prismacolor Premier Colored Pencils: black, white http://amzn.to/2ho0yA8
- W&N bleed-proof marker pad http://amzn.to/2gNHb2P
- Any solid surface for blending markers (e.g. plastic container lid)
*If you use markers of a different brand, check out this Promarker color chart to match the colors.
STEP 1 – WARM UP
For both skinny and loose jeans we will draw seams and details, so let’s do some exercises that will help us with that.
Next, let’s work a bit on draping of denim fabric. Look at the image below and compare the wrinkles on tight skinny jeans, loose skinny jeans, and straight jeans. They all have similar wrinkles of different sizes at the crotch of pants. Wrinkles on knees are often diagonal.
Repeat several times the drawings of wrinkles that are shown below. What shapes do they resemble? How does the negative (uncolored) space between them look like? Does it look like letters M, V, X or Y? Find other images of denim trousers and analyze the way that fabric folds.
STEP 2 – SKETCH PREPARATION
In Step 3 we will follow 2 video-tutorials, where I am giving step-by-step instructions on how to render straight jeans and skinny jeans. In order to follow the tutorials, you will need to prepare a sketch with two models wearing both types of jeans. You can also download a free printable fashion drawing template by clicking the image below.
STEP 3 – SKETCH RENDERING
By now you should have your sketch ready for the video-tutorials. So let’s start with the first video where I am explaining how to render straight jeans.
In the next video, we are going to render light blue skinny jeans. You can skip the beginning of the video and jump straight to the moment (3:46) where I start working with her trousers.
STEP 4 – DESIGN PROJECT
Now you know how to draw and color jeans of different types and hues. It is time to have some practice and display your new skills! 🙂 You can share your works in the comment section below and get some useful feedback from me and other students. You may showcase your own designs. That would be really cool! You can also show your illustrator skills by drawing someone else’s designs. What about Rihanna x Manolo Blahnik denim thigh-high boots?;)
SOME FACTS ABOUT DENIM
There are different speculations about the origin of the name “denim.” The most popular theory is that the fabric originated in the Middle Ages in Nîmes, France (and was called “serge de Nîmes”) and that America shortened it to “denim” in the 1800s. Another theory states that the fabric came from England.
The name “jeans” very often is synonymous with “denim” in today’s vocabulary, but these weren’t generally interchangeable. Jeans first came from Genoa, Italy, and were produced using fustian (a cotton, wool and/or linen blend) rather than denim. Denim was more costly than jean and was woven from one colored thread and one white thread (jean was woven from two strings of the same shading).
Levi Strauss is credited with creating the first denim jeans. Strauss was a young German immigrant who came to California in 1853, during the gold rush, to sell a harsh canvas to make wagon covers and tents. Miners grumbled that what they truly required were trousers that were strong enough to last in the mines; along these lines. So Levi made his first pants from the rough canvas and later started using denim when the mineworkers complained that the canvas pants chafed. The official birthday of “blue jeans” did not come until 1873, when Strauss and a Nevada tailor Jacob Davis co-patented the idea of using rivets to strengthen the jeans.