Lesson 9. Tutorial - Drawing with Shapes

Woman with a lasso
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.
Remember to check proportions and weight as before.


Stage 2 - Once you are happy with your proportions, now 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 these stages 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. At this stage it is best to use simple (but discernible) lines to identity the ropes wrapped around her body. Their location is extremely important as if they are not located corrected they will not look a natural fit to the body.

Stage 3 – Once the basic form is completed, now it is time to begin adding detail. Now it is time 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. As well make the form look uncomfortable to the rope.
Also begin to add detail to the ropes, pay close attention to the width and location of the ropes. If they did not fit, they will be inconsistent and not look like they belong, pay particular attention to the ropes in and around the arms (as these have the greatest impact on the shape of the body).

Stage 4 - Now begin to add the outlines of the facial features and hair. Once completed now begin to clean up the image, by lightly erasing original sketch lines, once cleaned now it is time to go over and draw out ‘final sketch lines’ as we did in our previous lesson.

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).