Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Shape Form Demo



Many artists seem to think that shape and form live independently from one another in terms of design. Shape drive design being limited to more graphic iconic style and form being more volumetric and three dimensional. When in reality they are not separate but work in conjunction with one another. As designers move into more form related styles they tend to forget about shape....and so even in more volumetric design, shape is very much a part of that world. To demonstrate I took a strong graphic shape and using that shape I designed a more iconic graphic character with cartoony texture and humorous stylized application and then using the same exact shape I designed a more volumetric three dimensional character. Using lighting I developed the forms and planes within that strong two dimensional shape. Its important to have a strong silhouette or two dimensional shape in any design you do then once you grab the viewers attention you can bring out the form with lighting and descriptions of volume or simply apply textures and motifs in a more graphic,iconic, and stylized manner. I did this for my students to demonstrate this idea as they move away from the iconic graphic assignment to a more form 3 dimensional assignment to not forget about pushing shapes and to pay mind to strong silhouettes and readability.

14 comments:

David Bernal said...

love the example drawing and explanation, thanks!

Justin Rodrigues said...

Thanks for the tip Dave! Great drawings also.

Brad said...

wow excellent post! thanks!

andrewQuintiliani said...

That drawing is just ridiculous...

elji said...

I love your works they are amazing. :)

SEILER said...

This is really great! People need to hear this, I need to hear this . . . thanks man!

braden matt said...

Superb drawing skills!!!! Love it.

Adrian Lubbers said...

Hey Dave. Long time no chat. Great example and advice. I really appreciate the video you have of you at the zoo as well as all your "tutorial" info and reminders that ,as artists, we should all be trying to remember

Louise Smythe said...

great post!

chinadp said...

good............................................

C.B. Canga said...

nice job david

sponie said...

Like this! Very cool.

Jelter said...

that's really interesting to see. another thing people don't think about often is how much freedom shadow shapes give you to design interesting shapes.

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