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Simple shapes

To commence a drawing, start by thinking in simple shapes. Whether it's a new creation or an observation drawing, think in ovals, circles, squares, rectangles, diamonds and triangles, etc.

Construction and observation in this way enable simplification of the approach to our future drawing, and also that the complex construction will ultimately become a set of simple shapes that we can make more complex as we progress, while avoiding falling into confusion too quickly.

The circle, square and triangle serve almost any construction. It's enough to stretch, twist and bend them for them to serve as a base for all our drawings.


Who as a child hasn't drawn a house, quite naturally by using elementary shapes, without even realising it?

An object that is apparently more complex, with some simplification to the details will quickly show that it can be constructed very easily.


The construction of a character is an excellent example for this method. Here, where many beginners get lost in a random construction often based on the contour, a construction by assembly of forms will quickly give a usable construction.

An object with volume, such as this box, also shows that is composed of simple elements, the most difficult thing being to create the sensation of volume and depth, but the manner of construction remains fundamentally the same.



It is often hardest to succeed in simplifying a structure that appears complex and that we are not at all used to seeing in simple forms. This hand's example enables better understanding of how the drawer takes a complex form and breaks it down into simple forms.