Step 1: Fill in with base color
Start by drawing your fashion design and coloring it in a light beige color. The traditional burberry check pattern is on beige base, but if you feel like experimenting you can try different colors and see how this works for you.
Step 2: Add some shadows and highlights
Next it’s time to give your design some dimension. You want to decide where the shadows go before introducing the plaid, which often times can flatten the drawing. Draw the shadows using a darker shade at the places where the light doesn’t reach. The “How to draw skin shadows” tutorial will give you an idea where you should place the shadows.
Step 3: Draw vertical red lines
Draw double vertical lines using a red color. Notice how big the distance between the double lines is. You want to make sure that you change the direction of the lines for each garment part (e.g. the sleeves, the collar). This will help for not losing the details of your design.
Step 4: Draw horizontal red lines
Draw horizontal double lines. The blank space between the vertical and the horizontal lines should be in the shape of a square. Notice that the horizontal lines are parallel to each other but they are not necessary perfectly aligned to the hemline. They are gently curving around the body instead.
Step 5: Draw vertical white stripe
Draw a semi-transparent stripe between the vertical lines. You can use color pencils (without pushing too much) or tempera paint with more water to get the effect. Make sure the stripes are the right size- not too wide, nor too narrow.
Step 6: Add horizontal white stripe
Continue with the horizontal stripes. For this type of plaid pattern it is important to make darker the place where the horizontal and the vertical stipe overlap.
Step 7: Dark lines
Draw vertical dark lines over the white stripes. Pick a dark gray or dark brown color instead of black since you want to be able to go darker when they cross with the horizontal ones. Notice that the dark lines are equal in width and evenly distributed.
Step 8: Overlapping dark lines
The last step of drawing the burberry check are the horizontal dark lines. Make sure the spots where they are overlapping the vertical ones are darker.
Step 9: Repeat shadows again
At this point it is very possible that some of the shadows you made in Step 2 are already lost. If necessary go over the shadows again to emphasize the volume.
The burberry check pattern is a beautiful addition to your stylish designs. Change the colors and you will have a different type of plaid. Incorporate it in a smart and fun way in your fashion sketches and have fun!
It doesn’t look right! Common mistakes:
Error 1: The plaids are drawn with no movement at all. When drawing the check pattern try to follow the volume of the folds.
Error 2: The lines don’t follow the Centerline of the arm. Always think of the volume and curve the pattern accordingly.
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