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Shape up

08/17/2014

 
I jokingly tell people I am in shape, the shape is round, but a shape. Shapes are something we begin to learn before our first day of preschool. Thank you Sesame Street. Shapes are how we recognize and identify things. It is also essential to designing and building our everyday items we use. Remember Geometry class? Tangents, angles, radius, etc. all used everyday in the engineering world. Thank goodness in art all you need to know is just three basic shapes; the triangle, circle, and square. If you start with these three basic shapes, you can draw anything depending how you stretch and combined them together.

Lets do something simple like this doll. You can probably already see the shapes involved. But one of the important things about beginning your drawing with shapes, is that it will help keep everything in proportion and how it will be laid out on paper.

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First lay out the primary shapes. I like to start off with the largest shape first then add on to it. In this case it would be a triangle for the dress. Then the head, arms and legs.



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Second, Begin to what is called flesh out the drawing. Start adding a little bit of detail around the shapes to mold what the drawing will look like. Think of it as adding muscles to a skeleton.


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Third, Add more detail and outline the drawing with ink or a think line. At this point you can erase any unwanted lines or use the methods shown in previous post using Grids and/or tracing paper.


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Fourth, Finish the drawing as desired with color.


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Then add more detail and background.


Very simple, I recommend taking photos from magazines and draw the shapes on top of them to kind of reverse the process. After a while it will become second nature to look at something and see what shapes it took to put it together.




Have fun getting into shape and check back here for more tips.


 

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