How to draw leather pants

This “How to draw leather pants” tutorial is exactly what you need if you are going for a sexy, rockabilly look in your fashion collection. Leather is one of those things that no matter the season, continues to be part of the runway shows and provokes us! Learn how to represent leather in your fashion sketches.

Time, Tools and Difficulty:

Time to complete the tutorial: 4min
Tools you’ll need: drawing paper, a pencil, a white gel pen, colored pencils and/or markers
Difficulty level: 5/10

How to draw leather pants in 6 steps:

Step 1: A perfect fashion body

How to draw leather pants and leather fabric for fashion sketches and illustrations

Start by choosing an appropriate pose to show the best of your design. Often fashion illustrators would choose a pose of the model that is showing the side hem of the pants, but here I have picked a front view walking pose.

Step 2: Design the pants

Draw the trousers with the belt loops, the pockets and the hems that are visible. Leave enough volume, so that the pants don’t look like tights. Even if you are designing slim fit pants note that there is still some volume around the legs, especially in the lower part of the leg.

How to design leather pants

Step 3: How to draw leather folds

Leather pants have very specific folds. Usually, they are many and they are sharp and tiny. Draw horizontal folds that affect the outline of the pants. Pay special attention to the crotch area, around the knees and in the lower end of the leg. Some of the folds are not horizontal, but slightly tilted – they should be the exception, not the rule.

How to draw fold on leather pants

Step 4: The big secret of drawing leather

When you are ready with your design and have drawn the outline you are only halfway done. The rendering of the leather is the really tricky part.
Using a pencil double the contour of the pants, but a few millimeters IN. Note that the contour is not perfect – some parts of it are missing, some are thin, others are thicker. The diversity of the line is really important! Double some of the main folds as well.
You may want to contour the biggest ones and those around the crotch.

How to draw leather pants and leather fabric

Step 5: Coloring

Take a black marker and color everything except for the selections you did in the previous step. Erase the selections and refine them with a black pen if needed (close to some smaller folds for example).

If you have some details of the pants that you don’t want to lose (as are the pockets in the example illustration) just go around, leaving them white. Or you can come back later with a white gel pen of white tempera and draw the details again).

Leather pants and leather fabric coloring technique

Step 6: Reflections

Leather is a shiny fabric. In order to make it look believable, you have to add more reflections to the pants. Take a light grey colored pencil and draw some highlights in the middle of the legs. Again you can interrupt the highlight.

Leather pants and leather fabric reflections drawing

Using this technique now you can make your fashion illustrations look so rebel, sexy and modern! Add a corset or just draw a  leather jacket to finish the look, create unique designs and always have fun!

How to draw leather in fashion sketches step by step tutorial


  1. Hi, following the steps you will be be able to achieve results. Maybe it won’t be spectacular the first or the second time, but you will definitely see the improvements if you try several times.
    Your alternatives are to use fashion croquis and draw your designs on them. This will save you a lot of time and struggles.

  2. Your designs are superb and fabulous….Can u make a tutorial of different hair cuts pls..that would be really helpful…

  3. Thanks for every other wonderful post. Where else could anyone get that kind of info in such an ideal means of writing?
    I have a presentation subsequent week, and I’m
    at the search for such information.

  4. :lol: omg u r amazing!!!! you have helped me so so so much. i draw lots of fashion and without you i wouldnt be able to! it would help if you could do tutorials on how to draw fur and other types of patterns. THANK U SOOOO MUCH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :P :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol:

    You have helped me so much in my drawing. I don’t plan to do this professionally, just in my art journals. Now I can draw better adult women to express what I have to say in them. Thank you for this wonderful gift. You make drawing so much more fun for me. I found it too frustrating before….
    From the bottom of my heart, THANK YOU!

  6. :lol: This is awesome! I want to be a professional fashion designer when i grow up, and this helps me on how to draw my clothing like a professional. Thanks so much! Hey could you do more tutorials on how to do dresses, more types of tops, and maybe even shoes? A maxi dres/skirt, a leateher jacket, and some sweaters would be good too. Thanks again for your help! :P :roll: :lol: :-) :D

  7. Hello, dear :) I publish something every week. This week I uploaded 2 new fashion templates, and the next one I will make “How to draw ruffed skirt” tutorial. Thank you for being a regular visitor here; I wrote down your requests for tutorials and soon they will be online :-)
    I promissed to make tutorials for fashion figures in different poses in January, so this is one of the things that you may expect to see too

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