Have you ever wondered how to draw ruffles? In this tutorial you will quickly learn how to draw ruffle skirt step by step. Those playful ruffles will add spontaneity to your fashion designs and make them even more charming.
Step 1: Draw a trapezoid
Define how long and wide you want the skirt to be by drawing a simple trapezoid. Don’t make the slope too steep.
Step 2: Curve it
Bend the waistline down slightly. Bend the hemline as well, except for the spot over the front leg.
Step 3: Ruffle lines
Mark how many ruffle levels. Usually, you would want to repeat the way the waistline and the hemline are moving. But as they are different because of the front leg, try to fade the ruffle levels gradually.
Step 4: Triangles
Draw little triangles at the sides of the skirt as shown on the example illustration.
Step 5: Ruffles
It’s time to draw the actual ruffles over the guidelines. See how the ruffles look like waves and begin from the tip of the triangle and stand equally up and down from guideline. Notice the back side of the skirt that is visible under the hemline.
Step 6: Lining/underside
Now draw the underside of the ruffles.
The ruffles from the left show only the left side of the underside.The ruffles from the right show only the right side and those in the middle show both.
Step 7: Real folds
It’s time to draw the folds that the ruffles form. It is important to note that you don’t draw the lines perfectly straight and parallel to each other. It is more as they bend towards their upper part in a cone-like fashion.
Experiment with sizes
Once you master How to draw ruffles you can apply the technique whenever you like in many different ways in your fashion illustrations.
It doesn’t look right! Common mistakes:
Error 1: The ruffles are not “opened” enough. Make each ruffle wider, especially the upper part.
Error 2: The underlines are not straight. Draw the lines straight and do not join them in the middle when you have underline from both the right and the left side.