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Showing Form In Art

Showing Form In Art And Your Drawings For Teens

Achieve Unique Form In The Art You Create.

Ever wondered how to make a drawing look more realistic? There are two ways to accomplish drawing form in art. First show what an object looks like from different angles, or by showing the form within the object. The second option is generally more effective, as it allows you to show not just what something looks like, but also how it feels. As you explore an idea for your image, view perspective of an element. Is it flat? Is there negative space?

This article may help understand on using line and value to create a sense of depth in your drawings. Artists, like you, can then achieve unique form in the art you create.

1. What is Form?

Form can be the actual physical appearance of something and form can also be the structure within a piece of work. A lot of people think that artists create out of thin air and from pure imagination, but this is far from the truth. Artists draw their inspiration from the world around them. They view other pieces of art, nature, people and real life around them.

2. The Basics of Showing Form in Art

Art is one of those subjects that has always seemed to be the most difficult. It is something that separates the artist from the non-artist. The artist can use the form of their art to show how they are feeling, whether it be happy, sad, angry or depressed. There are two-dimensional and 3 dimensional drawings that can effect the design of the artist's work. A building can have a geometric design, like a cube. A sculpture can be abstract.

3. Examples of Form in Art

The term "form" is used in art, architecture and design to define the essence of a work. The form of a work, or its design, includes its shape, volume, texture, color and other visible characteristics. Form does not typically include the content of a work, but instead refers to its shape or appearance. (Think square or block shape). The form of a work is often an expression of function. Shadows and highlights (dark or light background) added to shapes can make them appear three-dimensional or give them form. A circle becomes a sphere. Objects begin to look more realistic.

Watch an Art Exploration video & other I Create Art tutorials here.

4. Drawing Form in Art

The form of a work of art is that from which it gains its overall shape, or in which it takes its basic shape. In this sense it is opposed to content. Form may be regarded as an external schema overlaid upon the artist's raw material. Serving to unify it by providing a pattern into which the material is forced or shaped. 

5. To wrap things up...

The style of art that you choose to create will determine the type of medium you need. For some forms, like paintings, your supplies are very specific and important. If you don’t have all the right materials on hand, it can be challenging to complete a piece. Here are some I Create Art Boxes containing examples of what we've talked about:

Gourds/Scarecrow Expressionism/Monochromatic Still Life Fruit Bowl/Decorative Letter

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