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Draw the plaid flannel shirt for a boy.

Draw the top half of a young boy. Map out the shirt, beginning with the neck hole, and add two triangles for a collar. Draw loose fitting sleeves over the boy’s arms. Even though flannel shirts are made of a casual fabric, they have the structure of a dress shirt, so remember to add the cuffs.

Draw in two long rectangles for the front of the shirt. If your model is wearing his flannel shirt over a T-shirt, you can leave a bit of space between the rectangles to make the flannel shirt appear open. If he has the shirt buttoned, draw the rectangles so they’re touching at the center front line.

Add buttons and use the side of your pencil to draw the plaid pattern. If the shirt is open, draw the buttons on the right side of the right rectangle. If the shirt is buttoned, draw the buttons to the right of the center front line.

Many times, the plaid pattern on shirt pockets doesn’t line up with the pattern on the main body of the shirt. Designers often have fun and turn the plaid on an angle for a twist!

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