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Art Lessons: Drapery: Spiral Fold

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So, spiral folds is basically a pinch fold
with drapery wrapping in opposite
And we've seen it all, especially when
you, when you do this with your sleeve.
You could see drapery wrapping in opposite
directions around the form.
Remember, think very volumetrically, like
Gotta really wrap your brain around how
deep this goes.
And this can be a really beautiful thing.
So, just pay attention next time you're,
you're watching a model or,
or in a cafe just look for this kind of
Is it a pinch fold?
Is it a spiral fold?
Is it a u fold?
Is it a cylinder fold?
Is it a cape fold?
Where's it radiating from?
And what's my tension point?
Where's the tension that all the folds are
radiating from?
That's the important thing.
If you can get your brain on track to
start thinking of those little clues,
that will help you a lot as you're
You will just be like, I can't believe how
good i'm getting.
Okay, so we've got basically two cylinders
once again.
We got this going this way, and this going
this direction.
In fact.
The bottom of the sleeve is starting right
here and going all the way to there.
And the arm radiates from here.
Okay, so this goes back and it goes
Always drawing very sculpturally, always
So, this one is going this direction all
the way around.
This one is going this direction.
It's all coming from these tension points
right here, see?
This is where the cluster of tension is
This is going up and around the form.
Going around the form like that.
And this is going this way.
So, as this wraps one way,
it counter balances by wrapping the
opposite way like that.
It's kind of a very abstract concept.
You start to get the hang of it, and
you start to see a certain pattern in
nature that's just amazing.
Some are short, shorter, but as this goes
this way,
right behind there, this is coming out
like that.
The hand sitting there.
I know I'm not really supposed to show the
hand, but it's getting that there.
This is coming all emanating from this
tension point here.
This is going up and over, and then this
is going that way.
So you could almost see them as arrows,
like that.
Going that way, and this one is having the
reaction by going this direction like
So that's it.
That is called the spiral fold.
Practice that, and you'll be a spiral