Do you have trouble drawing things which look realistic? In a sense that they are proportionally correct and don’t look like floating in the air. Drawing using rubber bands method is the best approach for that 🙂
I definitely had this issue when I was starting my journey to becoming a better artist, I faced a lot of challenges and one of the issues I had was drawing something in context or with reference to other objects within a particular scene.
Drawing something by observation is hard but drawing something from imagination is even harder and requires understandings of all the fundamentals of art in order to depict a believable scene.
The main issue here is the lack of understanding proper perspective techniques as most of you may have guessed already.
I will be introducing the proper perspective techniques in the upcoming posts, however, in this particular post, I will show you a basic technique or method to conceptualize and plot anything in a given context and how their form shows us where they are in a fake 3d space on a 2d plane. Now, when it comes to the hard surface objects it’s easier to conceptualize if you know basic perspective techniques, but what about the organic objects which don’t have hard edges for us to make them follow the overall perspective.
In order to get around this, you have to understand how to construct the form of any imaginary object. So, for that, the “rubber band” technique really comes in handy. This technique is just like wrapping rubber bands around any given object.
More correctly like this image below.
This technique not only shows the form of a particular object but also plots that object in a scene layout.
Here is how to create the form of any given organic shape.
Now, it’s clear to us how to give form to any shape using “rubber bands” technique, but, do keep in mind that these cut lines will follow the perspective of the given scene.
(check out my post on Perspective for more on this)