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with Matt Weigle
Online Class

Drawing the Draped Figure

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Discover expert techniques for sketching, shading and finishing to recreate the timeless motif of the human form draped in fabric. Begin your first rendering as award-winning artist Matt Weigle introduces you to the seven basic folds, and use the envelope method to quickly block in a pipe fold. Create a sphere study and diaper-fold rendering, and find out how to model and turn form using a range of values. Then follow Weigle as he sketches from a live model, simplifying the complex human form with basic shapes. Develop a realistic rendering with movement and depth as you use careful gradation details, sweeping lines and beautifully defined shapes to depict cascading drapery as it glides over the figure. Refine your drawing with clean edges and rich shadows and transform basic subject matter into a striking work of art.


  • intermediate
  • 7 episodes
  • 2h33m

Included in this Class

1. Introduction to the Draped Figure

1. Introduction to the Draped Figure

Meet your instructor, classical realism artist Matt Weigle, and learn about three of the most important basic fold techniques. Weigle walks you through ways to identify the pipe, zigzag and spiral folds before demonstrating how to set up and start blocking in your first sketches.

2. Identifying & Sketching Folds

2. Identifying & Sketching Folds

Improve your ability to recognize and understand draped forms as you study the half-lock, drop, inert and diaper folds. Weigle demonstrates how to set up a diaper fold and start blocking it in as you train your eye to see the folds, volume and movement of draped fabric in new ways.

3. Warm-Up Modeling Study

3. Warm-Up Modeling Study

Prepare for an in-depth light-and-shade exercise as you create a sphere study, developing palpable dimension and diverse values as you work. As you increase your skill and confidence in capturing form, Weigle shows you how to translate your sphere studies into fold exercises.