Step 1) Draw in the waistband as two parallel lines. Think of it as two ellipses usually sloping up or down.


Step 2)  Draw the silhouette of the hips and pelvis area. Lightly draw in seam and princess lines.


Step 3) Draw in the inside edge of the support leg from the crotch to the ankle. This can be drawn either as one line, stopping at the knee to indicate folds, (particularly for fabrics like denim which is a thicker fabric and will have wider folds) and continuing to the ankle, or as two, with a small area of overlap at the knee to indicate the subtle break of a more classic cut and fabric with slightly more body.


Step 4) Draw in the hemline of the support leg. For both legs, the hemline is a shallow curve that bends out from the ankle. As when drawing the waistline, the shape is basically that of half an ellipse, varying according to the position of the leg and width of the pant leg. For wide-legged pants the hem can extend beyond the line of the hip; for average width pants the edge of the hem will fall almost directly beneath the hip line.


Step 5) Draw in the other side of the support leg. If the hem is wide a fold of drape forms at the hip and falls diagonally across the leg to the outer edge of the ankle (in slimmer pants this drape line is less obvious). When drawing pants in three-quarter view, as we are doing here, the side seam is visible, so first draw in the outside silhouette of the pant, following the line of the leg and then a second line to show the side seam. The line of the side seam is close to and parallel to the outside silhouette of the pant; its exact location depends on the width of the pant leg.


Step 6) Draw in the outside edge of the other leg from wait to ankle. If the leg is straight it can be drawn as one straight line from waist to ankle. If the leg is bent, as in the drawing here it angles at the knee. Draw in the hem as with the support leg. The hem fits against the front of the leg and forms drape behind the leg. Draw in the inside edge of the leg from the crotch to the hem again using two lines representing the inside silhouette of the pant leg and the inseam of the pant leg.


Here are some examples:

For more information and guidance on drawing please refer to 9 Heads 4th edition and  Colors For Fashion. Remember to  practice, practice, practice with a 9 Heads Women Notebook. And don’t forget that you can personally ask Nancy Riegelman and her staff of fashion illustrators your questions!  SHOP