Most probably you consider lace hard to draw. How can I make it look transparent? How to develop the pattern? The answers you will find in this quick step-by-step tutorial.
Step 1 Base colour
First thing you need to do is to find a darker than the skintone colour and render the fabric with it.
Tip: If you can’t find a proper shade just add a little bit of black to your skintone colour and use it to colour the clothes you want.
Step 2 Shadows
Lay down some shadows to give your illustration more dimension. Draw the shadows as if your model was not wearing any clothes.
Step 3 The mesh
Draw net mesh all over the place where the lace is going to be. For best results use a well-sharpened pencil.
Step 4 Lace ornaments
The lace pattern should follow the diagonal direction of the mesh. Try to leave equal space between the ornaments and put the next row of pattern as shown in the picture (every ornament lays in the middle of the space between those above it )
You shouldn’t worry about making all of the figures exactly the same size and form. Just think of easy to repeat pattern and allow yourself to make some variations of it.
Ink with black the ornaments. Don’t forget to play with the width of the lines!
Use the pencil again and draw small crosses between the ornaments. Again follow the mesh directions.
Attached some leaves to the ornaments. Fill about 2/3 of leaf body with black ink.
Tip: Most of the lace fabrics have some kind of floral motives. However, if you don’t like flowers for any reason feel free to experiment with abstract forms on your liking.
Use dots for the contour of the leaves. This will add a lot of lace sensation to your drawing.
Step 9 The endings
Draw half-circles to cover the end of the lace. I make the outline double for a more complete look.
Put a “X” in every semicircle. Let it overshoot the borders of the circle.
Finish by drawing small dots on top of the X marks and a wavy line a bit higher.