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01 LINE AND SHAPE

 

Beginners Guide to Shape & Line 

Welcome to the first week of the Drawing Fundamentals Crash Course!

This first drawing tutorial is designed to get you thinking about how to approach drawing in a way that makes it less daunting, using some simple approaches that will (hopefully) serve you throughout your artistic journey.

Before reading in, make sure you watch the Drawing Tutorial video via the YouTube Channel, and when you're ready, start the tasks.

WATCH DRAWING TUTORIAL


List of Tasks:

  1. PRACTICE: You can warm up first using the Drawing Warm up Generator if you like
  2. TASKS: Complete atleast 1 task from each Task type
  3. SUBMIT: You can get feedback from myself, or give feedback to others yourself if you like!
    • Submit your Art work here.
    • Select the category '01 Line and Shape'.
    • When submitting, it would help if you put any task related question or problem in the title.
    • Artwork Images must not exceed 1mb each.
      • File Types are gif,jpg,png,jpeg


Shape Seeker Tasks

Trace Shapes
Find an image of the Subject specified in the brief... look for the basic shapes that it is made up of and trace over them.

Copy Shapes
Find an image of the Subject specified in the brief... Copy the basic shapes that make up the image.

Imagine then Copy
Try to imagine the Subject specified and draw it by using basic geometric shapes... Then find an image of the Subject specified and redraw it based on the Shapes you see in it. Compare it with how you imagined.

Copy then Imagine
Find an image of the Subject specified and draw it based on the Shapes you see in it, when you feel it's complete... start fresh and redraw it from scratch using the same shapes without looking at image for reference.

Copy Shapes & Finalize
Find an image of the Subject specified in the brief... Copy the basic shapes that make up the image and then go onto build in more intricate shapes and details to finalise the drawing.

GENERATE SHAPE SEEKER TASK

 

Block In Tasks

Trace Shadows
Find an image of the Subject specified in the brief (a black and white image would be ideal). Trace around the shadows and simply them into shapes using lines to determine the overall form of the subject.

Block Shadows
Find an image of the Subject specified in the brief... Copy the basic shapes that emerge from the shadows. Simplifying them into basic shapes and angles to build up an image.

Block Shadows & Refine
Find an image of the Subject specified in the brief... Simplify the shadow areas into basic shapes by using efficient angular lines. Once you've found the basic shapes of the shadows, block in more intricate shapes to give more information about the subject.

GENERATE BLOCK IN TASK


Task Deadline

There's isn't one, really... well, until the end of the course... so end of March will be the window by which I stop giving any feedback. But it's best that you complete the tasks sequentially and stay up to date!

Because I was delayed getting the first video out, the timetable plan has changed a little, please see here for details!

[Basically, a new video will be out every Wednesday and Saturday!]

Examples Of Tasks

You can review some examples of the tasks by clicking here.

When submitting, showing your step by step process is important so I can see your thinking and general approach!

SUBMIT ARTWORK

Oh, and if you would be so kind to give the Art Video a Thumbs up on YouTube, please! ;)

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