Why you should try to break objects into simpler shapes
In the above image, a lamp is deconstructed into a handful of simple shapes. On the right is the completed lamp, on the left are the three trapezoids and two ellipses that make it up.
Lastly, here are a few tips to keep in mind when you're working out what shapes make your figure:
- The fewer shapes used for an object, the better. Don't focus on details; this is only the first step in making the drawing, so add those in later. For now, just focus on the basic outline and positioning of the figure.
- If you're having trouble with a complex shape, try exaggerating it to make the shapes more apparent.
- Don't forget that shapes can overlap or be only partially visible.
- Practice often. You'll get very good at this with a little effort. If you want a little freestyle practice, try this little game.