Shapeplay Instructions

Shapeplay is very simple to work with; everything you do is done via clicking or dragging with your mouse. Shapeplay’s widget is divided into two sections. On top we have the toolbar, which houses most of the controls, and below that is the playing field where you move your pieces …

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Drawing things using angles

The building blocks of everything you’ll ever draw are composed of simple shapes like squares and triangles, however sometimes you need to use more complex shapes like pentagons or hexagons to make drawing something easier. These more complicated designs are hard to draw perfectly, but there’s always a way to …

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Drawing an Octagon

While an octagon is technically any eight sided polygon, you’re probably thinking of a regular octagon; an octagon where all of the sides are the same length (ie, it’s the shape of a stop sign). These turn out to be very easy to draw once you have practiced your squares …

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Drawing rectangles

If you’re drawing on a computer, the program you’re using probably has a tool for drawing rectangles. If not, there’s usually an easy way to make straight lines and thus making a perfectly straight rectangle is rather easy. However, most of these tools only produce squares and rectangles that are …

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Drawing triangles

Triangles are pretty diverse, coming in several flavors. These are scalene triangles, isosceles triangles, right triangles and equilateral triangles. Most of the time you’ll be dealing with one of the first two types of triangles, and these don’t require much more skill than just drawing a straight line. However, the …

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Drawing a Line

Drawing a straight line on a computer is one of the easiest things you can do in art software. Most programs have a tool for drawing a line, and many of those have an additional feature that allows you to make the line perfectly horizontal, vertical or diagonal with ease. …

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Drawing a Triangle

Note: this tutorial is about drawing triangles as a symbol, not drawing them in general. See this tutorial for that. Like the Square symbol, a Triangle symbol is just a triangular frame. However, making a triangle nestle in another triangle isn’t quite as simple as when you’re working with squares. …

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Drawing a Trefoil

Trefoils are pretty tough to draw. This isn’t so much because of the difficulty in getting the circles drawn neatly enough, but rather it’s because it’s very hard to get everything positioned properly. Fortunately, I’ve developed three ways to work around this. The first method is to use a grid. …

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Drawing a torch

Good old fashioned torches are really quite simple. The only trick to them is getting them proportioned and centered properly. Here’s how to draw a burning torch: Start by lightly drawing a rectangle that’s about three times higher than it is wide. Draw a line across the rectangle so that …

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Drawing a Tau Cross

You probably have to make an effort to get easier than this design. Your only concern here is the proportions, and that’s what this tutorial will take care of. Here’s all you need to do for this design: Lightly draw a square. Mark off the central fifth of the top …

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