Lesson 3 - Suggested Homework

Form Basics

Make diagrams to capture the ideas from the end of the section on the Rectangular Prism, preferably from memory.    Attempt the rectangular prism rotation exercise from the end of the section on drawing the rectangular prism from this lesson.  

Finally, draw from life a few forms that are clearly related to the rectangular prism such as books or containers, as well as forms that are more organic but still possess symmetry, such as arm chairs, a pair of shoes or a car.

* For advanced students (or if you feel you can manage it - give it a go!): 

-Arrange multiple rectangular prisms together in space, combine with cylinders, intersect, bend, squash - try drawing the same forms from different angles

-Flow multiple rectangular prisms into single organic forms like the belt form below

Figure drawing

Using one of the sources for figure subjects or reference from Lesson 2 homework, make studies of figures:

1. As rectangular prisms only

2. As Frusta

3. As Frusta and conical or cylindrical forms, taking care to notice the alternation of blocky structures to more curving cylindrical form

Notice that as you draw the figure in this way, it is the angles across blocky forms and curving around cylindrical volumes that are key to this process, and can become all that is necessary in a drawing to imply the information.  But for now, try to make your figures more abstracted into simple forms in space.

The key is to wrestle these forms out even though it is difficult - it will substantially inform your ability to make simple notations of these orientations.


Since we have now completed the lower front of the abdomen and the thigh, you can again refer to some source of photo reference or life subject to make studies of these areas.  The idea is to block in the figure in these areas and adjacent areas, considering both two-dimensional and three-dimensional accuracy - which is to say that you can essentially repeat the exercise above and then loop around the valley plane breaks of the anatomical forms we have been through, and then cross contour and weight your lines accordingly.  For more about how to do this refer to Lesson 2 Life Drawing.

Making studies in this way - zoomed in on a piece of anatomy that we are struggling with or is of interest is an important practise for your ongoing life drawing.  Zooming in on one part allows us to focus on this without always trying to organise the whole figure.