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General Drapery Observations

"Points Of Contact" / "Areas Of Support" = Where the fabric contacts the form that it is draped upon

• Fabrics usually mimick the form beneath or follow their own forms (e.g.: ruffles creating cylinders or cones away from the body).

• Clothes have a tendency to scrunch at joints (e.g.: wrinkles at elbows, shoulders, pelvis, knees, etc.).
[Note the direction in which the wrinkles form relative to the movement of the joint itself. For example, wrinkles in a sleeve radiate from the fold of the elbow.]

• Different fabrics have different dynamics (e.g.: slightly stiffer fabrics may be more crinkly).

• Patterns on fabric follow its surface (e.g.: plaid or stripes on fabric will meander along its folds like a topographic map or contour).

• Some fabrics (such as leather) are sometimes glossy enough to have sharp highlights.

• There is a big difference between patterns (i.e.: shapes printed upon the surface of a cloth) and textures (i.e.: the interaction of light with a material).