Six Structures of Drawing


  • Six steps on how you can learn to draw anything and provide you with a better understanding of form, design, and structure.
  1. Structuralization

    • Basics.
    • Learning to draw the simple shapes.
    • Learning how to draw them, cluster them, combine them intuitively.
    • Spacial awareness.
    • Good sense of believability.
  2. Manipulation

    • (Shape) manipulation.
    • Taking the primitives and learning how to
      • bend and twist them.
      • squash them
    • Manipulating contours, sections, edges.
  3. Observation

    • We don't need to first educate what's going on in an object to draw it. (e.g. we don't need to know everything about human anatomy to draw a human figure).
      • With the previous steps, you can structuralize and manipulate simple shapes after observing what's in front of your eyes to come up with something believable, that resembles the object.
    • Mannequin-ize the stuff you see.
  4. Education

    • Now we are trying to educate ourselves about the things we observed and approximated.
    • e.g. studying the underlying muscles / bones after approximating what you've observed to come up with a human figure drawing.
  5. Imitation

    • Learn from peers to what visual language they are using to structuralize / manipulate objects.
    • Building the catalogue of the art styles of other artists that you admire or your eyes are drawn to. Learning what they are doing.
      • In turn slowly developing a style of your own.
    • Analyze
  6. Imagination

    • Coming up with something of your own with everything you've done in the previous steps. from scratch.