Lesson 8. Tutorial - Drawing with Shapes

Woman on a chair
Stage 1 – Begin by using your building blocks/basic shapes to lay out the major parts of the figures anatomy. With the use of these shapes and lines, you can begin to build the basic skeleton of our figure.
Within this stage, it is hugely important to correct and establish proportions and weight. Constantly measure and check throughout the addition of each new area (through the use of a pencil or finger as a rough guide).
Any mistake on proportion at this stage, will end with an inaccurate completed drawing.

Stage 2 – Once you are happy with your proportions, begin to fill in the gaps (between cheek and hips ect), as well as any further details such as hair and basic shapes for feet. Think of this stage as adding muscle/basic structure to your skeleton.
Again remember to check proportion/weight as you go, exact details/lines are not needed at this stage.

Stage 3 – Once the basic form is completed, now it is time to begin adding detail and to closely observe the contours of your lines, by this we mean the shapes of muscle, feet, hands, contours of the face, waves in hair…….
It Is important that the curves of the muscle are observed accurately, as incorrect lines will give the form an inconsistent look. This can also make the form look uncomfortable to the chair (particularly the curves of the thighs and rear)
Also begin to add detail to the chair (shape of the arms and legs).

Stage 4 – Now begin to create outlines of the facial features and hair. Once completed now begin to clean the image, by lightly erasing original sketch lines, once cleaned now it is time to go over and draw out ‘final sketch lines’.

Stage 5 – Once you have finished cleaning the image and have only clean lines, it is now time to add shading, to build depth to the image. I have used hatch shading for this image. Single hatch shading is used in moderate shaded areas. Try to experiment with cross hatching for especially darker areas (Lines crossing parallel and horizontally to each other).