Drawing cool anime clothes for men is no different than drawing clothes for anything else. The main difference between drawing clothing for men and drawing an anime type style is that the anime style is more simplistic. Anime is a type of animation, so artists cannot create too many details due to the amount of time that would be required to make a show. But feel free to put as much detail as you would like when drawing clothing for your male characters.
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Choose a style of clothing to draw. Men wear anything from suits to swimming trunks, so there is no shortage of men's clothing to draw for anime characters. Anime clothing is usually more flamboyant and has a cartoon style. Because the majority of anime is created in Japan, the clothing tends to have a Japanese style that includes plenty of traditional Japanese clothing. Watch a variety of anime TV shows to get an idea of all the different varieties available to you.
Draw wrinkles in the clothing to create more realism. Men's clothing is usually more rigid than women's, so the wrinkles on shirts and trousers are crisp and less flowing. Creases and wrinkles should only be drawn when the character is moving. If the man's arm is sticking straight up, then the wrinkles will pull toward the armpit and wrap around his bicep.
Sketch stretch marks on areas of the clothing that overlap broad areas of the man's body. The shirt will stretch more tightly across his chest and shoulders than it would across his waist or legs. You can create this effect by drawing the clothes to fit his form on these broader areas of the body and draw more bunches of the fabric around areas that do not stretch the fabric. The bunches can be drawn on the sides of his waist by making small, overlapping, sideways triangles.
Create the weight of the clothing by altering the thickness of the fabric. A light T-shirt is thin and flowing, while a thick pair of wool trousers is stiff and rigid. You can create a thick pair of trousers by drawing crisper and more angular lines, while a light fabric will be rounded.
Tips and warnings
- Draw the basic male figure before attempting to draw the clothing. Just like dressing a person in real life, it's easier to predict how the clothing will look when there are physical forces at work. Gravity changes the appearance of the clothing depending on the position the man is in. You don't have to draw a lot of details either, because they will be covered by the clothing.
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