Tag Archives: volumetric shapes


Painting Forms Fundamentals


I’m teaching a course on exploring concept design. This is an example of the first project I am assigning for my students. The first example shows simple volumetric structures with shading and a light source. The second example shows a more complex arrangement of volumetric shapes. Shapes can be overlapped, tapered, extruded, and intersected with one another. Understanding these fundamental examples is key to tackling more complex work.

Silhouettes to Volumetric Shapes


Just a sampling of visual notes I plan to share with my Concept Design class later today. For more on volumetric forms, check out a video I created on how to draw arms and legs using tapered cylinders. You may also want to watch the video I made on combining volumetric shapes.

Video: Combining Volumetric Shapes


In this video, I discuss different methods to combine volumetric shapes. Topics include intersection of shapes, tapering shapes and overlapping shapes. The concept of extrusion based on a closed shape is also demonstrated. Let me know if you have any questions, or have ideas or suggestions for upcoming video tuts. Thanks! -Krishna

Hand Studies


Drawing hands can be tricky. What helps me is to consider the underlying volumetric shapes that make up the different components of the hand. I start out with drawing a trapezoidal shape for the base of the hand. The fingers and thumb can be thought of as tapered cylinders. The knuckles of the hand are organized along an arc, which coincidentally, allows us to grip and hold objects. Maybe I’ll create a “How to Draw Hands” video… -Krishna