Shape Into Form

Shape can very easily be transformed into form by the use of shading. We can see in the drawing after Picasso (opposite, below) that regular shapes have been given the illusion of three dimensions by using various well-known shading techniques. He has taken these shapes and turned them into representations of human forms. Not only has he given them form, he has given them a character, and a life. He has created the form by using different types of bracelet, crosshatch, and linear lines to build up tone. All these processes are consistent in that they follow the planes of the form You will see from the examples that some systems of shading suit different types of forms.

Different Types Shading TechniquesShape Form DrawingDifferent Types Shading TechniquesShading Techniques Art

Here we see different shading techniques and how they can bring forms to life. Note that although different methods have been used, all follow the plane or surface of the form.


Medium: 2B pencil

In this example (after Joan Miro) the composition is based on a more organic flow of shapes. Part of its impact is created by the inference of textures. All the elements we found in the previous example are evident here, too, although in this instance the nature of the shapes implies other considerations. This drawing seems to have a life, and we have a sense that it is still growing. There's a mood, an almost dreamlike quality.

Overlapping Planes Drawings

Line creates organic shape.

Shape overlapping shape creates space.

Shapes creating a transparent overlap.

Textured overlapping shapes creating space.

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  • frank gordon
    What art shading techniques to use?
    2 years ago

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