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How To Draw A Shirt In A Few Easy Steps

Here’s how you can learn to draw a shirt (or any shirt) with this tutorial that breaks it down into simple and easy-to-understand steps.

Drawing clothes is not an easy subject at first. When you look at a shirt on someone, there’s so many folds that it’s easy to get lost in the details.

Before you know it, your drawing is a mess. The best thing you can do is simplify the drawing and only include the necessary details and leave the viewer to fill in the rest.

Here’s the thing though, you don’t necessarily have to include all details to accurately portray a subject.

As long as you have the right details in the right place and the structure is similar to your subject, it’s a win for you. 

Especially when you’re drawing other complicated clothing items like dresses with many folds.


Shirt Drawing Reference

This is the reference we will use to create a drawing of a shirt. We will start by drawing the collar, then the buttons, and then move onto drawing the sides and then sleeves.

Steps For Drawing A Shirt

Step 1

Step 1

The first step you need to do is to draw the collar. This will make it easier to measure other parts of the shirt. Draw a curved V shape and then draw two rectangles in an angle around that V shape making them slightly curved at the end.

Step 2

Step 2

Draw two lines on either side of the collar and then add an additional line next to it on each side. Draw a square in the middle of the collar with a circle inside it.

Step 3

Step 3

Then draw a two long horizontal lines straight down from the firs button and add a few circles inside that shape for the buttons. Draw a short horizontal line to close off this shape.

Step 4

Step 4

On the right side of the shirt, draw a line down and then a horizontal line joining it to the end of the button.

Step 5

How To Draw A Shirt Step 5

Head over to the other side of the shirt and repeat the same steps as before. Once you have completed this step, you should see your shirt drawing coming together.

Step 6

How To Draw A Shirt Step 6

Now we will be drawing the sleeves. At the top of the sleeve, extend those previous lines you had drawn down. Add the cuff detail by drawing a short line across and then draw a curved line for the arm holes.

Step 7

How To Draw A Shirt Step 7

Now repeat this process once again by drawing lines for the sleeve and a curved line for the arm holes on this side.

Step 8

How To Draw A Shirt Step 8

Draw two horizontal lines for the cuff as well and you have now completely learnt how to draw a shirt from start to finish.

Step 9

How To Draw A Shirt Step 9

All that is left to do is to color your drawing in with a color you want. I chose a light blue grey for mine but you can pick any color you think will make your drawing look even better.


Learning how to draw a shirt isn’t as complicated as it may seem at first.

Sure, there are a lot of details to consider but if you break down the drawing into smaller portions, you can easily see the whole drawing come together.

I do hope you found this guide helpful and easy to follow. I’m sure if you keep practising, you’ll be able to draw an even better shirt than this one.

If you did enjoy following along to my tutorial, here are a few more guides that I think you will find really beneficial and fun to draw:

How To Draw A Shoe

How To Draw A Bow (Easy Step By Step)

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