Rendering Plaid

Rendering Plaid

Rendering Plaid

Learn how to hand render a multi-color plaid, using a combination of markers, pencils, pens and other tools of the trade. Once you have downloaded the reference swatch and the male fashion croquis supplied with this lesson, you will print the fashion croquis to use as your canvas. We will teach you how to map the plaid onto the shirt, following the contours of the body and how to hold your tools to get the best results. You will also learn tricks on how to shade the illustration for a more polished effect. Learning how to hand render a plaid will make your designs more personal and a lot more interesting than a computer-generated version.

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Module Description Step
1 Mapping the Plaid 1-7
2 First Plaid Layer 1-7
3 Second Plaid Layer 1-6
4 Accents & Outlines 1-3
5 Recoloring, Volume & Shading 1-2
6 Inside Plaid Lines 1-6
7 Plaid Highlight Lines 1-4
8 More Volume & Shading 1-4
9 Accentuating Areas 1-4
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Step Description
1 Start this lesson by downloading the fashion croquis and reference swatch supplied with this lesson (located under this lesson’s tools and supplies). Print the fashion croquis to use as your canvas.
2 Begin, by laying in your pencil lines on both sides of the collar, mimicking the length lines of the plaid. Your lines will curve, as the roll of the collar curves.
3 Next, map in the horizontal plaid lines from left to right, across the body of the figure. Remember that the plaid pattern will be reduced in size for the illustration, as compared to the actual plaid swatch. Since we are only doing a partial rendering of the shirt, you will pencil only the figure’s left-side. Evenly space your lines taking into account the angle of the body’s pose and the folds of the garment.


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