In the past, babies would wear such diverse forms of diapers as moss and seal skin or packed grass and rabbit skin. In 1800s England, cloth diapers were used but they were not regularly changed or washed. Today diapers are often disposable. If you want to draw a diaper by itself or a diaper wrapped around a baby, there are a few features to keep in mind.
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Draw the diaper on the baby. The top of the diaper should reach well beyond the baby's waist. If you are drawing a disposable diaper, the diaper can go up to the lower back. If you are drawing a cloth diaper, draw the back slightly less high. The front of the diaper should go up to approximately the baby's belly button. The top should be drawn as a line going across what will be the baby's midsection. This part of the diaper is tight on the baby. For a pull up diaper, draw crinkles with small hash marks to show the elastic band. The diaper should follow the lines of the baby's body on the top portion.
Draw the sides and bottom of the diaper. Once you have drawn the baby's legs, draw a curved diaper side going up over the upper thigh, on the side. The sides should come up to just below the hips. Draw some crinkles to represent the elastic on the side of a disposable diaper. The diaper should fully cover the buttocks and sag slightly at the bottom. On a toddler, the bottom can be drawn tighter, on a small baby, draw the bottom saggier. Finish drawing the rest of the diaper before drawing the rest of the baby. Draw lines and shading along the bottom and sides showing that the diaper is puffier and looser here than at the top, which is tight. Draw curving lines and shading around the sides of the diaper to show that it is fuller and more padded.
Draw the diaper by itself. An open diaper by itself has two rounded ends that end in tabs which are connected when the diaper is on the baby. These ends are of a lightweight material. The middle of the diaper should be drawn as made of a thicker material, with a large pad in the middle. A traditional cloth diaper by itself should be drawn as a cloth rectangle, similar to a hand towel. Draw the middle as two arcing parallel lines. Draw the ends of the diaper, which extend out several inches wider than the middle portion and are arced as well. Draw Velcro, snaps, or adhesive on the tabs that go out on each side.
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