Simple Forms

  • Post published:February 15, 2017
  • Post category:Blog Post

To draw the human figure well from imagination you must first be able to draw the simple forms of construction — the sphere, box, cylinder and cone — from memory, in any position and combination. The famous Flemish artist Peter Paul Rubens said that “you can draw anything using a sphere, box, and cone.” These simple volumes are the foundation of good figure drawing, and are the fundamental tools of figure construction. These “tools” not only help you to draw the figure from imagination but to see the forms of the model. A portfolio will almost automatically be rejected if the figures inside do not have a clear sense of volume and unambiguous space based on model observation. —  Glenn Vilppu