It All Starts With a Line - As Lines come Together, Shapes Are Created

by Jeremy Faith

Carol Singers

Carol Singers

Lines, Shapes and Forms.

Connecting your lines together give you
forms, shapes and Volume to your drawings.

Whether they're the basic 2-dimensional ones like squares and circles, the 3-D ones like spheres and boxes, or unique ones that are a result of your creative mind; shapes essentially give your drawings the volume and depth they should have.

It's like turning a stick man into something that looks like a man made of balloons. Shapes can serve as the bridge between your basic lines and the complex figure you're attempting to draw.

A circle gives you the foundation to draw a ball, a clock or even the earth. A rectangle can become a book, a door or a flat-screen TV.

Having an understanding of how shapes can be formed with lines is important because, when combined together, they can form the foundations to a more complex drawing with volume and perspective

A triangle on top of a square can turn into a house. Ovals stacked together can become pets or wild animals. A sphere with an irregular box below it can turn into a skull or human head.

In short, everything you see in life can be drawn easily and properly when you understand they can be visualized as various shapes put together.

Lights and Shadows

With your pencil, chalk, drawing inks, wax crayons or any other material you use, shading will further provide depth and volume to whatever you're drawing.

But shading anywhere on your canvas or paper isn't the way to achieving a stunning masterpiece. That's why you should understand how light and shadows play with each other to learn where to put the dark areas in your drawing.

Flawlessly darkening some areas on your drawing while leaving white spaces will add a sense of 3-dimensional effect, and if done properly, you could create an illusion where your drawings tend to pop out of the page as if they're real to those who see them.

Understanding Perspective Get to know it well.

Combining your knowledge and experience on the previously mentioned basics of drawing, you will understand the concept of perspective in terms of drawing.

Without perspective you will not get depth in your drawing like a sense of distance as well as provides viewers an idea of the relative space among the structures and characters in your drawing.

Whether you're drawing a group of people, a metropolis or a simple countryside landscape, the right use of perspective will give your masterpiece a more realistic appeal when combined with the proper implementation of the concept of lines, shapes, depth, and shadings.

As you can see, you don't have to be necessarily born with natural talent for drawing to create stunning art pieces.

Understanding the fundamental concepts of drawings and practicing them the right way the first time is highly essential to developing the expertise of creating wonderful masterpieces that will engage your spectators.

When your drawings come together, you will know your daily practicing is paying off - and it becomes fun to draw!

Assess yourself today honestly. Are your drawing skills giving you great drawings? Or have you mastered the basic of drawing so well that you can provide 3D illusions or invoke the deep emotions of your viewers?

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