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Art Lessons: Drapery: Cylinder Fold

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now we're talking about drapery, and we're
gonna look at the cylinder fold.
Now, as you can see the cylinder fold
comes from one point.
It comes from one point of tension.
And it radiates and cascades down from
that point of tension.
Now there is what's called the laws of
Where something pulls from one point.
It radiates from one point.
For example the deltoid radiates up here
like that.
It radiates to the clavicle and to the
Here, this is radiating from that point.
So you can call it, the laws of radiation,
you can call it a tension point.
At the end of the day this is a cylinder
So, this is really important.
So right here, every, all this energy is
going to be from here.
So it's going to be coming, down that way
then cylinder's moving that direction.
And that direction.
Like that.
Going down.
We can see just a little bit underneath
that here.
Like that.
Like down.
Like that, down.
Radiating around, moving around and
back, but it is all pulling from here, so
this is pulling, this is pulling down
Pulling here.
same point right up here is hanging here.
So this pulls, this pulls.
And this edge, the edge here for the
fabric is very soft.
I'm gonna kinda make up my own placement
of this,
just to make it a little bit more
interesting for me.
It pulls down here, it's pulls down.
Here when I make it my own edge it's
called artistic licence
cause sometimes you kind of need to do
that to make it interesting this
is pulling down like that this is pulling
this is pulling down there.
A couple of sheets underneath there, like
But the important thing is just to show
These folds are really dynamic and really
pulling and
have their own kind of energy.
Even though it looks, you know on the
surface it looks passive but
it's not at all.
here you have, a little bit of a cast
shadow from here.
[NOISE] Here's the under shadow.
The under plane.
Like that [NOISE] and
it's very soft obviously,
cuz it's fabric.
I'm doing this fairly quickly.
Cast shadow on the wall.
sometimes you just wanna get shadowed down
just because, you know,
otherwise your lights won't be as, as
That you could kinda just see, as the
light starts to fall off like that.
A little cast shadow here onto that.
Cast shadows are always gonna be darker,
than the form shadows.
So as it's radiating, and by the way,
the shadows real fast are turning with,
with the form like that.
Just turning with the form.
And just radiating down [NOISE]
like that, radiating down.
You see the seam of that.
And that form shadow here.
That drapery is amazing.
You could see it's, relatively,
compared to the clothed figure, it's
pretty passive.
But there's an activity because there's,
there's these lines that are pulling from
So it has its own dynamic quality.
And you just thought it was a piece of
cloth hanging,
until you heard this lecture.
I know you did.
There's a lot in store for these, cylinder
You gotta have fun with it.
And kinda, you could, you know, just, go
in the bathroom hang a towel,
hang your bathrobe up.
Lotta people are not bathrobe people.
I'm not a bathrobe person.
I used to be a bathrobe person.
But now I'm much more of a towel person.
So I will hang my towel up.
And I will draw it sometimes.
Just to see the folds.
And to experience the folds.
It's really interesting.
So remember all radiating
from right up here.
Right up here [NOISE].
And you can see the more you render it,
the more realistic its gonna get.
You guys can see that.
And if you really wanna be, you know,
subtle, about your creations
you start to kind of soften the edge
here as it moves back into space.
You kinda soften this edge here as it
moves back into space like that.
And the point that's closest to us is
going to be the hottest spot.
Like right there.
You can have fun kind of rendering it but
it's not the most important thing ever.
You're just mostly drawing to
experience the energy of these pieces.
This fabric radiating from the tension
Like that.
As light falls off,
obviously it starts to lose value.
Then you could really get into all the
little, just, little folds here,
little folds here, little folds here, all
those little pulls.
But we are not going to get into that too
So these are cylinder folds and they're
all over.
So please try to experiment cuz it's fun.
And it's really, really important to
understand how drapery works
because the laws of radiation, like I
said, don't only apply to drapery.
It applies to many things including the
human figure.