How to draw white fabric

In this tutorial, you will learn how to draw white fabrics in your fashion sketches. This will not only help you when you draw wedding dresses but also in all kinds of white clothing and accessories. Drawing white is much easier than you might think, so follow the steps and enjoy the results.

Time, Tools and Difficulty:

Time to complete the tutorial: 8 min
Tools you’ll need: drawing paper, a pencil, markers, colored pencils
Difficulty level: 6/10

How to color white fabric in 6 steps:

Step 1: Draw your design

Draw your fashion sketch with a pencil. Make sure that the line is not very dark and visible – you need it soft and semitransparent when drawing white fabrics.


Step 2: Define the shading

Decide where are the places you will draw the shadows and wrinkles of the clothes when using the “Clay method”. In this case, this is under the breasts and at the torso outlines. The shadows will also contour the skirt folds.

Clay method” is when you close your eyes and imagine you were creating the dress out of clay. The places where you move your hands AWAY from you are the shadows and those places where you move your hands IN – are the highlights


Step 3: First layer shadows

Put the second layer of very light gray over the spots you defined in step 2. This shade layer should make the pencil outlines much thicker – as shown in the picture below. Shadows will be similar as in “How to draw skin shadows” tutorial.
Make sure you don’t outline the lower hem of the skirt, but only around the folds.


Step 4: Second layer

Lay down another shadows layer. This one is following the previous layer but will be smaller, contracted. Fill the folds around the waist and contour the skirt folds. Notice that the collar is also casting shadows.


Step 5: Last shadows layer

This is the darkest layer. The color should be medium gray. If you go darker the final result may look like a gray dress, instead of a white one. Be very delicate with this layer and make only a few short lines – don’t try to outline the whole initial sketch.


Step 6: Blend

Use the lightest shade possible to blend everything together. If you’re working with watercolor – use pure water. This should give a finished look to your fashion sketch and blend all the edges.


This Drawing white technique can be applied to all drawing media – from markers to pencils and watercolor. What is rest for you is to create your collection of unique wedding gowns and beautiful white garments!


  1. this is really helpful thank you much am a fashion designer and my sketching techniques are improving

  2. I’m happy u are achieving Your dream. One other thing I want to say is that before fashion tutorials like this I really didn’t know what I wanted to do as an artist. now I use a blend of simpler outlines of my own and Teya’s. I’m not professionally an artist but I love this as
    A hobby that I may pursue later.

  3. Thanks so much I’m only ten and with your help I think I can become my dream job as a fashion designer:):):):):):):)

  4. Its really wow :-)
    Bt if I could get some suggestions abt the white
    Gowns havin net :-p

  5. I love your website. Its so helpful I can draw alot better now. Can you please make a tutorial on how to draw a bridesmaid dress and a wedding dress. It would be really awesome! :lol:

  6. i saw ur site. .its really helpful……it did diploma in fashion designing from nifd..but still cudnt make…after practising ur style..i can do it…..n plz can u help us to make side standing figures…

  7. hi ..I saw ur site…it really helped….I did fashion designing diploma from nifd but cudnt make it yet…after ur style ..I practice works,….thank u so much plz add how to make side positions.. it will b more helpful…

  8. This website is very helpful and i loved it, can u please do a tutorial on how to show different fabrics like velvet and tissue silk please??? :-)

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