First Things First Shape and Space

As with tone, light, and shadow, no amount of detail or texture will help a drawing when the basic shapes and the spatial relationships are not seen and drawn well. When this is the case, you will waste your time adding detail when you should be correcting the shapes and spaces.

Similarly, all the rendering in the world will not make an asymmetrical vase symmetrical, make a bowl sit on the table if it is jumping up, or make two apples look round if they are so close as to occupy the same space on your page.

Sometimes, the best thing to do is start over. If, after a while, it seems that everything you add detracts from your drawing rather than enhances it, try, try again may be the route to take.

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