Though there are many types of folds, a group that you see on a daily basis is known as compression folds, most notably the zig zag folds.
No matter what type of fold, if they are happening as part of costume, remember there is is something under the material to support it. Cylinders, boxes, wedges, spheres and cubes make up the construction underneath the material and effects its action. Note: Folds generally radiate from the joints. Look at how the the joints effects the flow of the material.
Remember, the fewer folds in your drawing, the neater it will look and not give the impression that your character has been wearing it to bed for the past three months. A nice neat, sports coat below with untidy example next to it.
Well dressed big guys. Max!
Cloth does what the body tells it to do, often you get many examples of folds at once. The spiral folds of tight or thing material of the undershirt with a t-shirt that makes (basically) a giant pipe fold at the bottom hem. this guy is happy because he's got his coffee and a choice team shirt...add your own favorite logo here.
Don't be intimidated by hats. We will cover those in the next post.
Contemporary characters? How about some Spidey?
Now that you have an idea of what goes into drawing costume, you can start putting clothes that make your characters. BUT, keep it simple for now. Look at this guy's Hawaiian shirt, what would you do to simplify the designs?
Without fail, every semester at least one student comes up with a space warrior/assassin (thanks video games) so what would happen if you changed out of teh Hawaiian shirt and strapped on a handy blaster? Bucket top boots, woot!
I love "Ghost In The Shell" A great futuristic assassin...or ladies in spacesuits...
Or a viking character is another at the top of the list, keep that maile simple! Don't draw every ring in the armor or you'll go crazy and push anybody who has to draw it off the brink.
Animation vikings! Fur needs to be simple too or else it will look like spaghetti, that's in the next post.
awesome link to compare.
But here's a ghost character with lots of weight:
Cowboys. Not many of these being done anymore, which is a little sad, but hats make figure eights.
Hmm...Maybe a little Tex Avery?
Looking through my model sheet collection, I can't find a hula hooping character (which means I need to look harder) but I did find this link.