How to Draw Cloaks

By Helen Jain ; Updated September 15, 2017
Superheroes wear cloaks.

Cloaks are part of many costumes commonly worn by superheroes in comics. Cloaks are also worn by story characters like the Grim Reaper, villains or characters who come from eras before coats, when a cloak was worn for warmth. The drawing of a cloak is relatively simple, depending on the preferred shape and whether you prefer a hood or not.

Sketch the top of the cloak. The cloak connects around the neck and falls over the shoulders before falling behind the back. If the cloak is hooded, draw the shape of the hood and have the cloak fall from the hood instead of from the neck and shoulders. For a hooded cloak, either have one side sweep across the shoulders to the other side or have a clasp at the base of the neck with a hood that shapes over the head.

Draw a cloak outline from the shoulders. If the cloak is flowing, such as a superhero cloak, draw two outer lines that flare away from the body like it is caught in the wind. For a basic cloak without wind, draw two straight lines down from the shoulders so it peaks from behind the body but does not flow away from the body.

Sketch the bottom of the cloak. Depending on your cloak, create a bottom with a straight line near the ankles, or create a jagged and up and down appearance across the bottom.

Draw in detail lines. Detailing lines are the areas where the cloak folds or wrinkles. For example, if the cloak is caught in the wind it might have wrinkles going in the direction of the wind and folding one side of the cloak. The detailing lines should have a few showing the way the wind is blowing by adding a line from the top to the bottom that overlaps the bottom. From the bottom of the new line, shape a second, slightly curved line to the original tip of the cloak outline to show the fold. A cloak without wind will have a few lines near the shoulders going straight down to show that there is no wind and the natural fall of the cloak is straight.

Shade in the detail lines. Cloaks have shading depending on the direction of the light and the ways it moves. Some of the detail lines should have darker shading, such as the areas beneath folds or the shadowing area from the body.

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Helen Jain has been writing online articles since December 2009 for various websites. She has studied English and psychology and hopes to get a Ph.D. in English in the future.