## Simple Geometric Shapes to Practice

In the next chapters, you will begin to make choices, arrangements, and compositions. You will see that the world is full of geometric shapes, and that you can use the geometry to draw things more easily. The more you draw, the more you'll be trying to see objects in your drawings as being based on geometric shapes, seen flat or in space.

For now, begin to collect a few simple shapes, such as spheres, cubes, cylinders, cones, and pyramids. Household objects like cans, boxes, tins, fruit, funnels, ice cream cones (empty), or toy blocks are a few easy ones. See how the shapes look when you look at them straight on, then turn them at an angle so you see the tops and sides.

Practice looking at basic geometric shapes from a variety of angles, including straight on, in space, on a table, and in the air.

Now, try to draw the basic shapes, first flat and then in space. Draw them sitting on a table, and then hold them up and draw them as if they were floating in the air. This practice with basic shapes will help you see the geometry in the objects you'll choose to draw in the next chapter.

Practice drawing the shapes, too. See how the same shape looks different, depending on the angle?

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