Learn to see for better drawing

Learn to see for better drawing. Tips for artists on learning how to see shape and form. Visually breaking complexity of form into simple shapes. The easiest way I found from my experience of drawing professionally over a decade is to break complex object down into simple form. You have to be able to look at object, people, animals then rationally analyze if you can break it down into simple geometric shape or a group of simple geometric shapes. It is a lot easier once you realize what you really see are just combination of shape and form arrange in its own composition.
Then you can start to look for value and color.

The process of drawing any subject becomes less intimidating when you understand how to see and break down proportions properly, and can draw the fundamental shapes of the various parts in their correct places.
1) When you see an illustration, sketch, or real life object.

drawing subject figure

drawing subject figure

2) Identify the simple geometry shapes within.

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drawing tip simplify

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3) Break down the most simple 2D form. Sphere to cirle, cube to square ….(but don’t forget to covey the depth or the mass or perspective of the object on 2d surface.)

simple drawing technique for figure

simple drawing technique for figure

This process as follow allows you to draw things from memory or your head. You start with easy simple shape to a group of shapes arrange in their proper place. But the process will be reverse if you are drawing from life or object. You see complex shape, then you break it down however you comfortable with (what I show you is just how to think, not how to actually do it the exact same way.)

More drawing tips for artists.
-5 steps to improve your drawing skill fast
-What pencil is the best to draw and sketch
-What size to paint in Photoshop for illustration
-What opacity setting I use in digital painting

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About Xia Taptara

Xia Taptara (黃曉聲 Huang XiaoShēng), currently a freelance concept artist for games and films, formerly a character concept artist for ArenaNet/NCsoft (GuildWars & Guildwars 2). I also work on various projects for Game of Thrones, Square-Enix, Paizo Publishing, Fantasy Fight Games, Disney Interactive, and many publishers & clients. I use Wacom Tablet Intuos and Photoshop CS2,3,4,5 to do most of my professional art work. I use pencil, pen, and traditional medium in my free time. I founded IdrawGirls.com (TheArtClasses.com) in 2007 to motivate myself to create more and better art. Also I get to draw and paint whatever the hell I want to. Hopefully I can inspired some young soul and old soul alike. *QUESTIONS & COMMENT: PLEASE POST THEM ON THE BLOG. Or CONTACT ME via idrawgirls Facebook page. DO NOT E-MAIL ME. Thank you. ;-)
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3 Responses to Learn to see for better drawing

  1. Marduk says:

    I needed this sort of reminder, thanks

  2. Xia Taptara says:

    Same concept for monsters. Environment is a totally different beast when approach but you could still break it down similar way.

  3. Hi Xia, I’m just wondering how to breakdown monsters/ creatures and also environment design? Thanks.

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