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Landscape basic qualities: SHAPE

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1. 1. BASIC FEATURES 2: SHAPE
2. 2. SHAPE is a familiar concept to most of us. We all used to draw shapes when we were children. Shape is the area that something takes up. It’s the outline, or the contour of all the pieces in the drawing. A more formal definition for SHAPE is: The quality of a distinct object or body in having an external surface or outline of specific form or figure.
3. 3. SHAPES –the flat enclosed area- have got two dimensions: length and width FORMS have got three dimensions: Length, width and HEIGHT
4. 4. SHAPES are powerful to give messages
5. 5. A complex shape intersects itself! SHAPES can be SIMPLE or COMPLEX. A simple shape has got only one boundary and it doesn’t cross over itself. A simple pentagon A complex pentagon
6. 6. SIMPLE shapes can be combined to form COMPLEX shapes. And COMPLEX shapes can be abstracted to make SIMPLE shapes.
7. 7. Geometric shapes are simple shapes
8. 8. As said, basic geometric shapes can be used to create many complex shapes
9. 9. Most shapes occurring in the physical world are COMPLEX. Complex shapes combine parts or all of simple shapes. These complex shapes include polygons and other shapes that may include parts of circles, squares, triangles, ellipses, and rectangles.
10. 10. As organic elements are complex shapes, when drawing a natural landscape we need to simplify the shapes in the early stages. When simplifying, think about geometric shapes –circles, squares, triangles… For example, this complex shape of a leaf can be simplified in the first stage of the drawing and then the details can be found in the later stages.
11. 11. Simplifying in the early stages is important so we can focus on the composition of the big picture. Working BIG TO SMALL is usually a good idea.