basic understanding of shapes, forms and volumes

Basic Understanding of Shapes, Forms and Volumes

Step 1.

Now while some might find this lesson boring, I believe it is essential for beginners. The cube is the most basic form one can learn. With it's help one can draw any shape by playing with it's shape. One can elongate or shrink it and draw for example furniture.

Step 2.

Here we have some examples of how seeing the cube in space can help understanding and drawing better objects. Even a book is formed out of multiple flattened and elongated cubes. Do not forget about perspective, as the lines do not have to be parallel, but meet somewhere in space. Pay attention where the light falls to give it proper volume.

Step 3.

Now the circle is also very important, it may be drawn in various positions so that it can help represent almost any form. From flowers to planets, pottery or basic anatomical shapes the circle will be your best friend:)

Step 4.

Let's say you have a circle and you break it in half. With a little shading you already have a simple recipient.

Step 5.

Most of us know how important it is to represent the skull before we draw the face so that our character has a realistic shape. Drawing the circle also helps place the hair correctly on the head and besides, how many of us used to draw the face and then realise it looks flat. I know I did. So yes, I really cannot stress the importance of the simple circle when drawing the face. You can also draw it before drawing the actual eye and then build your way up from there. Your eye will have much more volume, I can promise you that and the same technique can be applied when drawing anime.

Step 6.

The cylinder is very useful when drawing pots. It can also be used for sketching anatomy.

Step 7.

When I was younger I used to draw all these vases and none of them seemed to look right. After some time I discovered that all of that has to do with drawing in space. I will try in the next step to explain what this is all about:)

Step 8.

You can mold a cylinder so that it can take any shape you desire. A simple cylinder drawn correctly in space can represent a realistic glass with the help of proper shading. In the lower part I wanted to show how different basic shapes can form objects.

Step 9.

The cylinder can help you understand when drawing an arm or a leg that they have volume and that they are not flat. I would recommend studying Burne Hogarth's books on this subject, they are awesome:D The cylinder can represent also a character's neck. Although this tutorial was short I wanted to bring to your attention the importance of using the basic shapes when drawing. Use them everytime for everything. Thank you for reading^^

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Uploaded: June 23, 2014
Artist: Ice_Queen
Difficulty: Novice  Novice Skill Level
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Updated: June 24, 2014
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In this tutorial you will find informations of how your drawings may have more volume after applying some basic principles.