If you are just beginning to use the basic or simple form to draw, this step-by-step demonstration provides some tips on how to set up a drawing using simple forms.This video shows us how we can use one of the simple or basic forms to draw a building. I demonstrate how we can use the box to establish the underlying structure to work out the positioning, proportions, and perspective as we draw a barn. We also take a look at how to set up some drawing guidelines to center or align parts of the barn to keep it appearing symmetrical.
This drawing technique looks for the hidden or underlying structures of objects to make drawing these objects easier to do. The underlying structure is the framework of shapes and forms that the complex visual information and details hang on. We can reinterpret each object into simple geometric shapes and forms. We can then use these simple geometric shapes and forms to understand how all the parts of the subject come together within three-dimensional space.
|The simple forms used to set up the structure of the drawing of the dog.|
We use the underlying structure to set up the subject within our drawing before working on the details. Drawing just the structure as simple forms allow us to resolve the proportions of the parts of an object, position it within our composition, and resolve the perspective or how the object sits within the scene without needing to worry about the details. This technique saves us time and energy, making drawing more enjoyable.
This technique relies on reinterpreting the forms of the object into something less complex. We simplify the parts of an object into basic or simple forms. These forms are the sphere, box, cylinder, cone, and pyramid. We can use the structure that we draw using the simple forms as our guide or map. This map helps us scale and place all the details accurately within our drawing.
The Underlying Structure of our Barn
|The simple forms are used to set up the structure of the drawing of this barn.|