Anyone Can Draw: Form

Updated: May 19, 2020

Form is a crucial element in art. Learning how to convey form is of utmost value for an artist.

Continuing from our last lesson on lines, I will try to explain in this article how correct understanding and usage of lines ONLY can communicate form in a relatively realistic way as in the example below.

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Many may not find this sort of drawing appealing but this is one of the most illustrative examples of how single employment of lines can create a realistic drawing.

Here the artist bends the lines to flow with the natural shape of the body communicating a strong visual illusion of form. He also manipulates the spacing between the lines to create shadows or highlights.

Notice for example the lips, the nostrils, the space between the eyes, these were created by a simple, yet smart clustering of lines together.

As for the highlighted areas, observe the eye lid, tip of the nose, the chin. Any part which was protruding was left white or had wide lines across its surface.

As you can see, understanding how to manipulate lines in this fashion will aid you in creating more realistic and lively pieces.