“Marshall Vandruff ranks among the highest level of drawing instructors.”
—Don Lagerberg

Drapery for Artists

Anatomy classes naturally focus on the nude figure, but I found that when I mastered drawing the human body from imagination (that is — with no reference) I had no idea how to invent clothing — I had to set up models and copy the folds! Mastery in drawing clothed figures is a natural next-step for figure drawing students. This class is the most packed-with-instruction course on how to draw clothing that I know — it distills a four-night course into a four-hour session. I will help you understand all you need to know about how to draw clothed figures.

Click here to see if this course is open for registration and for location details.

This course meets for one 4-hour session.

The Necessary
The Form Underneath,
The Cloth and The Forces Acting on The Cloth
Anatomy of Folds The Basic Categories
The Principle of “Squash & Stretch”
The Principle of “Radiation”
Getting Beyond
The Power of Interpreting Drapery

I have over 200 slides to show you how to draw drapery, including how to solve the problems of “form in space” so that you can draw clothed figures from imagination and with authority.


Bring a sketchpad and a mechanical pencil or pen or some other non-messy point media. No charcoal or dusty media or anything that leaves shavings.


This is not a university curriculum course and you will not receive college credit for it.


From ARTDOG Bulletin Board:
“I recently took a class on drapery put on by Marshall Vandruff, the best teacher I've come across. How he manages to concentrate weeks of training into a few hours is awe inspiring. I was horrible at drapery before I took the class (no, I will not show the original sketch) and understanding some of the dynamics of cloth gave me the confidence to tackle something fun like this. Not that I'm a marvel now, but he got me started with enough information and examples to get the conceptual ball rolling. I may sound like some zealot with a new found faith, but for anyone in the same boat as me I can't recommend his training enough.”
Brandon Kitkouski
“I love your style of teaching, you make hard concepts so simple.”
—David Kusiak