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Shading Fabric Folds with Copics

Happy Friday, everyone! If you’re off to a fancy party this weekend, I hope you look as amazing as this Prima doll! If you’re at home in pjs like me…enjoy a little lesson on shading fabric!

Shading Fabric with Copics

Fabric folds give lots of people fits – it billows in and out of the light so much that it can be hard to figure out where to put the darks. This is a quick overview of a way to think through the lighting – watch the video below or click HERE to watch in HD on YouTube!

If you pick up this stamp – you can use the sketches below to try this yourself! Or pick another stamp you have and make yourself a stamped cheat-sheet on scratch paper, and store it in your stamp pocket (I use these and LOVE them) for use later on! This one shows the lighting from the upper right as shown in the video.

Sandy Allnock - right light

And this is the opposite direction, lighting from the upper left. Shading fabric doesn’t have to be difficult, it just takes some practice!

Sandy Allnock - left light

NOTE: I get asked over and over and over (and over) about why I have washi tape on my markers. Honestly, it is only to mark them as my own when I go to crops or classes. I’m about to remove the tape just to stop the questions, even though I’ll lose markers because of it….it’ll be pricey, but anything to keep the questions to a dull roar. LOL. If you have other questions about stuff, try the FAQ page before asking – it’s likely I’ve already got it answered! 🙂

PS Don’t forget the giveaway HERE!


If there are stamps that you think would make a good lesson on shading fabric, leave me a link in the comments – if I get the stamp I’d be happy to include it in my long list of oh-I-can’t-wait-to-make-a-video-with-this!

16 thoughts on “Shading Fabric Folds with Copics

  1. gorgeous!!! Can practically see the movement in that skirt!!

  2. Eu amo seu trabalho!

  3. Sandy, you are so ridiculously talented! Its just NOT FAIR! LOL That is just amazing to watch. A BEAUTIFUL job!

  4. Great information. TFS

  5. Thanks for another great video!

  6. I’m back again. Will you show the completely finished picture soon with the shadow added at the bottom? I’m curious about how you were going to do that. Thanks Sandy.

  7. Amazing video! Although I do pencil and watercolor, I learn so much from watching your approach with Copics. Thanks for all of the detail!

  8. Fabulous, Sandy! I am so grateful that you share your talent and teach us along the way! Love you! ♥

  9. Thanks so much for sharing this! Great way to determine where to put your shading!

  10. Thanks for sharing this. I’ve been enjoying all the other techniques you’ve been showing, but I was missing your Copic magic. Really looking forward to the upcoming videos!

  11. Thanks for another wonderful technique video, Sandy. Have a wonderful weekend!

  12. I agree with one of your followers on YouTube … You make any tool you are holding perform magic. Thank you for sharing your knowledge and talent.

  13. Great lessons! I love the idea of sketching shadows and light source and keeping it with the stamp!

  14. Wow! Thank you for showing us how to color folds. I was just working on an image with some folds so your timing was perfect! 🙂

  15. Ahhh – just what I needed! Thank you for showing fabric folds with Copics – and looking forward to whatever it is that you’re bringing out “in the next couple weeks”!!!

  16. You’re work is always so amazing.

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