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Why you need to draw simple geometric shapes.

Why do you need to draw simple geometric shapes: cube, ball, cylinder, cone, hexagon? As in any activity, it all starts with the simplest, as any progressive development consists of the gradual development of the material from the simple to the complex. 

On the simplest forms it is convenient to study such basic elements of the drawing as: layout (the location of objects in the sheet), the proportionality of parts relative to each other (not always it is given immediately, in any group there is a person who draws very small or huge objects), holding straight lines (due to the habituation to the vertical working surface, it is not always easy to give), academic shading, and much more. As a rule, even the right to hold a pencil and manage it also requires a certain skill. And at this point, even the most serious uncles and aunts writhe with zeal funny faces and spend their first “straight” and “arcuate” line. And here it is not up to logical conclusions, and even more so not to the theory of color.

By the way, the theory of shadows and the basis of linear perspective is perfectly assimilated on the simplest geometric forms. Even the most distrustful and slow students learn everything at once and in very rare cases it is necessary to return to this issue for drawing still lifes of interiors and portraits.


Well, since we are talking about the portrait of geometric shapes consists of all the simplest: from household items to the head and the human figure. Take a closer look - the eye has the shape of a ball (we see only part of it, coming to the surface), nose - faceted prism, legs and arms - conventional cylinders. Still, it will be difficult to draw such a serious and a lot of typesetting forms, not understanding and not being able to transfer the total volume.

   Many people say: "Why repeat, we have already painted and studied it at school 5-10-15 years ago." Believe me to repeat the basics never hurts! It is not in vain, learning languages, but not practicing their people tend to completely forget all that they have studied. Especially it is noticeable if you were trained in childhood. For the child tend to quickly forget the "unnecessary" information, that is, the one that is not used constantly. With me it was the same: after graduating from art school, I took a 2-year break in the classroom academic drawing. During this time, almost EVERYTHING was forgotten! And in preparation for admission, I had to start all over again.

And believe me, it is better to spend 2 weeks to restore knowledge to understand what the teacher says, than to suffer a few months from the fact that you are required to do some strange things. After all, in fact, you do not pursue the goal to draw specifically: cube, ball, still life or plaster head. Each task has its own goal - to learn how to build objects, to understand the construction of the head, to learn the basics of color theory or to learn how to use a brush. Therefore, let's approach the question gradually, methodically and classically: from the general to the particular. And we will help you with this.


Ekaterina Kryukova (Pilipenko)


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