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About Breaking Down Large Drawing Scenes Into Easy Shapes...

Updated on May 20, 2009
A drawing I did the middle of last year of my thriving bamboo plant.
A drawing I did the middle of last year of my thriving bamboo plant.

Taking On The Task Of Drawing Complicated Objects Or Scenes

Have you ever tried to start drawing something, either something your looking at or something from a photo and just felt that cloud of hopelessness start to rain upon you when you realize, you don't even know where to start?

So many details and lines to cover, it can get very confusing. When drawing almost anything can be broken up into simple everyday shapes, shapes like:

  • Circles
  • Squares
  • Triangles
  • Ovals
  • Rectangles
  • Diamonds

Why Use Boring Old Shapes To Sketch Before You Draw?

Using everyday shapes like these make it easy to find the structure of any item, or anything at all you want to draw.

Finding the structure is important if you want to draw anatomically correct drawings, and since anatomically correct drawings are more realistic and pleasing to the eyes the entire concept seems extremely simple.

Learning to break down objects and scenes with simple shapes is the best way to draw more anatomically correct drawings, which is good!

Doing This Is Too Hard!

Learning to break things down into these shapes is easy with a little bit of practice, take the object you are trying to break down and fill it, take a pine tree as an example: A pine tree is complicated when drawing each little branch, but when you draw it by breaking it down you will notice that a pine tree is simply a triangle, an elongated triangle with it's point facing the sky.

Start with simple objects to break down, and once you get those down you will slowly and automatically move onto more complex objects.

Help Me Do It!

Exercise: Take time to actually LOOK at items around you, when you notice something take the few extra seconds to break that object down with your mind and see all of the shapes of that object. Lots of plants have triangular shaped leafs, Cars can be broken down into shapes like squares, circles and triangles. And so on.

  • Doing this exercise for 10-20 minutes a day, this simple activity of breaking down every day objects with your mind will help you be able to comprehend and concur larger environmental and other more complex scenes/objects when drawing.

Ending Note:

Note: At first, being able to break down objects into shapes with your head will be a bit of a challenge, although with a bit of practice it will start to come to you easily and naturally, with little, if no effort at all.

This Hub is something I wrote up with the intention it would help someone learn that by taking the time to break down scenes and objects into simple shapes, can make a LOT of drawings look a hundred times better. I also hope this shows that it can be easy as well.

Inspired By Question Through Email From A While Back, I Will Leave The Person As Anonymous.

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    • Cam Anju profile imageAUTHOR

      Cam Anju 

      9 years ago from Stoughton, Wisconsin

      Waynet, True, true... once you get into it things you end up with something completely different then you started it as... often times this is good and you end up doing better then you tought too! :)

      Thanks, will do. ^_^

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      Wayne Tully 

      9 years ago from Hull City United Kingdom

      Starting with geometric shapes as a basis for any drawing is a good way to learn about the under drawing of any structures you care to think of, and the best thing about drawing creatively is that if you stretch the shapes in any way, your creatures and characters will take on unique shapes and forms of their own too, I do this a lot, circles become ovals and squares become rectangles or cylinders.

      An exercise I used to do at art college was to take a sheet of paper and draw as many faces as I could by drawing variations of stretched circles, I soon found out how I could learn to draw different faces as opposed to the same one I used to draw prior to this light bulb moment!!

      Keep up the great hubs


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