are we allowed to like, ask for advice on drawing in general? if so could i possibly get some help drawing 3D shapes? i can never get it right so thats why i stuck to drawing humans but now i realize uh, humans are 3D too. i just dont know how to block stuff in
Rigid shapes in 3D-space is personally not a strong suit for me. So, I fill my notebooks with these little shapes everywhere, to make sure I’m at least practising a little bit. They’re a little out of shape, but sometimes I get a few right. This is a quick brush-up or tiny-practice exercise you can perform while attending a boring class or meeting. Of course, there are more technical and less freeform ways of practicing this. And it all comes down to using an artistic resource known as “ perspective “ grids. These grids help your eye visualize and calculate your lines when drawing objects in 3D-space, and is widely used among artists who delve in 3-dimensional visuals.
^The one point grid is good for starters, although the lack of cubic patterns can make it a little difficult to figure out at first. But as long as you align your figure with the prominent lines in some shape or form, you should be fine.
2-point perspective comes along when we add another vanishing point to the mix. This makes for this cubic kind of grid, that may be easier to read but requires a bit more spacial understanding to master.
Arguably the grid representing our reality most “ accurately “, the 3-point perspective grid requires a good amount of spacial understanding and can be hard to master ( i had to do numerous takes on one of the blocks ) due to my eyes getting lost in the mass of lines. This can be a great tool for constructing dramatic looking constellations and practice extreme perspective.
If you hated math as much as I did back in pre-and middle school, you may remember the isometric paper challenges as one of the only saving graces of the subject. The isometric paper is a great starter tool for learning spacial understanding ( and also a great tool for still-life composition, and experimentation ). Although it does limit you to a “ slightly upward “ tilted point of view, or a slightly downward “ tilted point of view. But nonetheless, if you grab yourself a sheet of isometric paper, you can fill it all out with shapes and practice your shapes a little more sufficiently than freestyling it in your notebook.
and of course, using the other three grids will help you practice your eye and brain to recognize rigid forms in 3D space, which can help you along later - when you’ll try to draw it without any guidelines. It is not uncommon to use guidelines even in actual art-pieces though. Many industry professionals make use of it to ensure everything aligns correctly, and that the perspective is on point.
These particular grids are free for both private and commercial use and can be found and downloaded from this page.
Mod Future here! ^^ I wanted to tack on some helpful diagrams in using geometrical shapes to construct human figures.
Bridgman treats the human torso as two loose rectangular prisms (one for the ribs, one for the pelvis). In figure drawing, he uses these simple shapes to establish an easy appeal of twisting the figure.
It’s also helpful for establishing the angle of your figure. If you’re looking at it from below, you’ll see the bottom of the boxes. Looking from the top, you’ll the top of both boxes. Looking head on, or mid-point, you can see some of the bottom of the ribs’ box, and top of the pelvis box. :3