As a beginner, we dream of drawing advanced products, spaceships, cars…

However, to get there we got to start simple first and learn **how to draw basic forms. **

You will see how much easier it looks when you ken the** behind-the-scenes of a design sketcher. 🙂**

## The 4 Basic Forms to Learn How to Draw

(in Art and Design) 38:54 min

You want to draw your ideas from imagination,

but you can’t visualize anything in 3D volume?

Don’t worry, we can fix this. 🙂

It all starts from drawing these **4 basic volumes only!**

These use simple geometry.

- The cube,
- The pyramid,
- The sphere
- And the cylinder.

## Timeline

- 00:11 How to draw basic forms in 3D is easy!
- 00:28 Sketching Workshop format for beginners
- 01:01 The 3 basic shapes of Squid Game (Square, Triangle, and Circle)
- 01:15 How to draw the four 3D forms (Cube, Pyramid, Cylinder, and Sphere)
- 02:05 Draw from 2d shapes into 3D volumes
- 02:31 Pyramid form with 4 faces
- 03:22 The top view of a cylinder is a circle
- 03:33 When a circle becomes an ellipse in perspective
- 04:58 Drawing contour lines on a sphere, the easy way
- 05:58 Add line weight to the cylinder
- 06:07 Special guest: Lucy!
- 06:29 The Master cube is the base of any form!
- 06:43 Download your Designer Starter Kit (Make your first steps in perspective)
- 06:54 Horizon line = Eye Level
- 07:27 Take an object to view in front of your eye level
- 08:09 The 5 primary positions of a product and the horizon line
- 10:24 How to duplicate a cube in perspective
- 12:57 How to draw a cube’s contour lines
- 15:20 Use a cube to draw a pyramid
- 19:36 With a cube, draw the pyramid from any angle
- 21:08 Draw a sphere fast and easily with contour lines
- 27:04 Draw a cylinder and its variations easily
- 28:26 Assemble basic shapes to create advanced 3d forms

## Let’s start the sketching workshop (for beginners)

- I wanted to try this new video tutorial format.

They are longer though but cover more of the topic. - Let me know if you would like to get more of these video formats by email or in the comments! 🙂

## The 3 basic shapes: Square, Triangle, and Circle

- Basic sketching starts with these
**3 simple forms only!**:

They are the cube, the pyramid, and the circle.

- Complete this sketching mission today:

Learn “How to draw 3-dimensional forms (from the three 2-dimensional shapes”).

- Visualize the kid’s wooden toy.
- The 3D volumes have to go through a 2D cutout of the game.

- The square becomes a cube
- The triangle becomes a pyramid
- The circle becomes a sphere or a cylinder

## Master these 4 Sketching tips! (I use them every day!)

### TIP

A circle becomes an ellipse in perspective.

- Take a cup (best if transparent)
- Observe the top of its cylindrical form.
- You get a perfect circle shape.

- Tilt slowly the cylinder (the cup)
- The circle becomes visually an ellipse

### TIP 2

Draw “invisible lines” to create volumes fast

- You need a few seconds only to draw a sphere with this technique.
- Draw a horizontal ellipse and a vertical ellipse to your circle
- Spot the front and behind intersections
- Add a cross for each to show more clarity.
- Connect the intersections with an arrow.
- To practice more: How to draw a sphere with the XYZ axis?

### TIP 3

Use line weight to clarify your sketches

**TIP:**Add line weight to your volumes to show more contrast.- Remember to always start your sketches with a line pen pressure.
- To practice more: How to draw with line-weight?

- Lucy is looking for attention 🙂
- Don’t get distracted, and keep sketching!

### TIP 4

The cube is the “Primary base” to draw anything! (Master it asap!)

- The cube is the base of any 3d volume.
- Study the cube till you master it in perspective.
- It is so essential, I call it
**the “Master Cube”!** - To learn more: How to draw a cube with a 2-point perspective

- To learn how to draw a cube in perspective, get your free guide. It’s free!
- You learn step-by-step how to draw a cube from any angle.
- Plus many more
**sketching tips for beginner artists and designers!**

## How to visualize the “Horizon line” (to start in perspective)

- Visualize the horizon line as a guide.
- It helps to decide the viewpoint.
- To practice more:

How to spot the horizon and converging lines?

- The horizon line is also called “eye level”.
- It is basically from the viewer’s position.

- Take an object, and place it in front of your eye.
- That would be the frontal view of your product.

- Move the object in 4 directions: Up, down, left, right
- Draw its position with the horizon line

## How to duplicate a cube in perspective (simple geometry)

- We cover a “duplicating tutorial of a square” in 2D first.
- Then we apply the same technique in perspective to duplicate the exact same cube.

## Divide a cube using simple geometry (and create advanced forms)

- Drawing is all about simple geometry.
- Divide the cube using diagonals to find the contour lines.
**To practice more:**The cube Mania Challenge! (3 videos tutorial)

## Start drawing a pyramid (using the cube as a base)

- We use the cube as a base to draw a pyramid.
- The cube drawing becomes the
**“construction lines”.** - Make sure to draw it with light pen pressure.

So you can draw the pyramid more boldly to create contrast. **To learn more:**6 Tips to improve your quality of lines!

- To find the “peak” of the pyramid, trace the diagonals of a face to find its center.
- Connect the peak to the 4 corners of the opposite face.
- Try different viewpoints using the exact same technique!
- It’s magic 🙂

## Draw a sphere (the easy way)

- Avoid time-consuming shading.
- In design sketching, you can draw a sphere super fast using the 2 ellipses.
**To practice more:**How to draw spheres with easy shadow.

## Draw a cylinder and its variations

- Use this simple technique to draw a cylinder starting with its 2 ellipses.
- Create variations by twisting the profile.
- Make sure they are symmetrical.
**To practice more:**How to draw bottles easily

## Assemble simple shapes to create advanced forms!

- Assemble random 2d basic shapes of your choice (square, triangle, and circle)
- Use the basic volumes (cube, pyramid, cylinder, and sphere) to draw them in perspective.
**Note:**In perspective, a square could become a cube or a cylinder. It’s up to you!**To practice more:**How to draw with the “LEGO BLOCK technique”

## Level up your sense of 3D observation!

- Look around you
- Select simple products
- Visualize the basic forms they are composed.
**For example:**My GoPro camera is made of a big box.

The lens is made of a smaller box and a cylinder.**To practice more:**How to draw a GoPro camera? (Link below)

- This pan and camera are different.
- However, they are both made of a cylinder and a box!
- They are more look-alike than it seems.

## SKETCHING ROUND UP

- Right-Click + Save as… to download the pictures for your notebook.

After completing this beginner sketching tutorial,

- you will see your quality of lines boosted
- your 3D vision will be much more accurate
- best of all, ready to build new and advanced product designs by yourself!

Have a wonderful sketching session!

Cheers,

Chou-Tac

Excelente contenido para aprender y para enseñar .Muchas Gracias por compartir

Estoy feliz porque te gustas la video de tutorial y ayudarte a dibujar las formas del arte y diseño.

Thanks Aurea.