Generate figuration from abstraction. (Find forms on the Clouds).
Basic shapes and forms: Circle, sphere, triangle, cone, square, cube, etc. must be the basis of our drawings. This is what we have always been taught, and it is perfect, in the end I will come back on this.
But you can – and should – take a deeper journey in generating harmonic or chaotic shapes, depending on what we need. After all, we’re supposed to be “Creative”.
Here are some tips I use to create shapes that will help you create props, characters and more:
1-When you are drawing, imagine that these lines are a path, but you don’t know it, so it moves where you don’t know.
2-While drawing, keep in mind collections of images: of things (objects, parts of objects, etc.), basic shapes: (Cube, Circle, etc.), Icons (letters, numbers, etc.), and Music: (For inspiration, Rhythms, Silences, Styles, etc.).
3. Imagine that you are from another culture, indeed, from another planet! Draw the shapes you got there.
4-On a paper, make lines that intersect, then search for shapes, which kind ? What you like: Look for animals , then look for faces, character silhouettes, objects, etc. You can turn the page upside down and keep looking, keep finding.
5-The technique of making silhouettes is great, because you have to imagine or find what is “inside”, filling it. You can start with small watercolour stains, for example, to leave them with light and dark areas.
6- Use Non-traditional media, maybe: using inks applied with cloth, grease applied to paper, coffee stains, clay finger paints, watercolor with alcohol, bitumen paints, cosmetic colors, etc.
7-Part of the “work system” is to make the drawings with a certain speed, but not running, it is not a matter of pressure; on the contrary, to take it almost as a Game. You can go slow too.
…There are many more to be said, but it will be in other posts.
Examples of shapes-silhouette challenge https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V-MSICStXco
How many ways to generate shapes exist? Many, as many as there are points of view, because each person has ways to solve their designs, different techniques, influences, materials, etc., imagine all that combined…
These shapes are a starting point, a basis for something more elaborate, this can be considered as practices, studies, exercises.Once you have interesting shapes and you know what they will be useful for, you have to review proportions, structure, shadows, perspective, etc., the principles of a solid drawing.
One positive things about doing this is that you’re going to create a set of shapes- forms, etc, that you can review, reuse, at any time.
Which way do you think it’s best, which one is better for you?