HOW TO DRAW PRINTS

Prints are designs that are printed onto a range of fabrics, including cotton, silk, wool, and many others.  Prints can be applied in many ways, as uniform repeating patterns or randomly, in the body of the garment or along the border.

HOW TO DRAW PRINT DEMO:  

The sequence of drawings below shows how to draw a checkered top in a layered outfit with a non-geometrical print on the tights.

Step 1)  Fill in the skin tone and outline the garments. The garments have a variety of fits: the jacket is tailored, the printed tunic is wide and has fluid drape, the skirt has soft voluminous folds and sheen and there are printed tights. Start off by filling in the print on the tunic with a beige marker, noting that the repeat of the pattern forms diamonds in the tight fold at the side. Once you’ve finished the pattern, fill in the velvet skirt with a dark color. You can apply the darkest color on both sides of the marker paper to ensure the color is saturated.

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Step 2) Finish filling in and drawing the folds on the skirt. Add subtle highlights to the folds. Keep in mind that the skirts texture is velvet. Next, continue to add shading to the tunic and add a print to the tights. You can fill in the tights with any non-geometrical pattern of your choosing. Start filling in the jacket with a base application of the lightest color present in the jacket.
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Step 3) Finish off the jacket with further applications of khaki green color allowing some lighter areas to show through. Complete the hair to finish off the look. The shape of the hair parallels the direction of the body. Try to always remember that patterns on printed fabric break up and fall out of register (position) in the folds of the drape.
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The above example is taken from  Colors For Fashion by Nancy Riegelman. A number of other examples of how to draw  different types of prints are included there. Remember to  practice, practice, practice (try using  a 9 Heads Women Notebook).   You can find this book and many more HERE!