Defining Shapes And Interlocking Shapes

Robert Joyner
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Learn To Paint Loose With Acrylics & Watercolor
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Lecture description

In this lesson you will learn the two main shapes you can make and how they can become more complex geometric type shapes. Then we will look at combining shapes using three methods. Finally you will have a quick look at combing two shapes to create an interlocking shape.

What are the two shapes you can make?

Dot- apply your mark making medium to a surface and lift it.
Line- apply your mark making medium to paper, or canvas, and drag it along the surface.

How can line be used to create more complex shapes?

By adding, or joining, one line to another you can create infinite shape possibilities such as square, rectangle, hexagon and so on.

What are the three combined shapes we will use in this lesson?

Overlap- this happens when one shape is stacked over another
Passage- this happens when two shapes are fused, or joined to create one shape
Cut-out- this is when a shape intersects with another and reshapes the original edge.

What are interlocking shapes?

Interlocking shapes are created when two, or more shapes interweave, one with the another.

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02:10:53 of on-demand video • Updated August 2018

  • When you are finished with this class you will have a deep understanding of how to begin a painting using interlocking shapes. This design technique will help make your compositions and shapes more cohesive. And as the saying goes a well designed painting is half way done.
English [Auto] To begin understanding interlocking shapes Let's first start with a basic shape. The only two sheets there are would be a dot in a line. OK so I can put my pen to the paper. Lift it Dot. I put my pen to paper and drag her across to create a line. So a shape comes into form to see their daughter line and I know that's kind of confusing because there are geometric shapes in all types of things in nature that say differently. But when it comes to drawing things on a two dimensional surface the only two sheets you can make and are would be a dot in a line. Now with those we can create geometric shapes and other objects. OK. So for example with a square is made up of Lon's triangle. Same thing a circle be considered. And it can be a line or not depending on how it's made and what is used for the size and that sort of thing. And you know in any shape you go into is generally created with a line. But if you look at a tree. These are all of us a series of lines and so a shape in its most basic form is either a daughter or a line. And then he can combine and use those to create more complex shapes. So again that is the very one one of she feministic that a little bit further so we can combine shapes. All right. So I showed you where we can create individual shapes but now combine them. So the three main areas of combining shapes I want you to understand there are three main methods would be overlapping. OK so the square overlapping the circle. We have a passage sheet. So basically we've taken the same two shapes and we join them by using the same value. OK so over here they're overlapping and they're only overlapping because the square doesn't it has a very light value in the middle. Here we have a darker value. So therefore they have two different values. One is about the other. You get the overlapping case on a passage again. We combine those sheets we give it the same value. So now you have them to join. Now there is also a cut out. So that's basically where we go in here and we cut out a shape into the square. This is obviously a little more complex than a circle but in this case we have combine the shapes but we've only but the square is cut into. OK. So if I were to put a value there then it would become overlapping. OK. In this case I just wanted to dot more that she could but it can be keep it a similar value or don't give it a value to show you how that square has been kind of cut into can't. Now the final thing we're going to talk about here will be interlocking shapes. OK. So this is taking two shakes and then putting them in a frame. OK. So I would still use my poorly on square there but this should easily get the point home. So we have this shape of the white value kind of cutting into the shape of the dollar value. OK. So the two shapes individually will look like this. And they move into each other creating one shape. OK. So it is a very very very basic form that will be interlocking. This is another example. So we have one she like this and another she obviously like this and they move in and lock creating this sort of shape. All right. This is what we will explore. Mainly these two in this class. OK. And I will not give you some examples more complex the flex examples. There are locked and shapes and then of course how we can use value to unlock them. OK. So that concludes the 101 of underfeeding shapes and then how do we get to an interlocking shape. And now the next lesson we will take this further.