I've been working hard the past week, taking different objects in my house and draw them using the construction method (break the thing down into geometric solids + draw through them).
The more I do, the more questions accumulate in my mind and now I must release them or I die:
1) What is the purpose of drawing "3D" and transparent?
I know it gives a sense of 3-dimensionality compared to the outline / contour approach, but once we erase those construction lines / drawn-through lines, the whole thing will still look exactly like it's been drawn using the contour approach, right?
In a painting, all these stuff will be covered up, so who can tell which approach you use? This construction method seems to be an un-necessary step; the only benefit is that it allows you to rotate the object easily in space and draw it from any angle?
2) There was one artist (was it Cezanne or Monet?), who said that all things in Nature can be broken down into the 4 basic shapes. What about drapery? How can you break drapery into the 4 shapes? It's crazy. LOL
3) Pls see my drawings below. I've been trying for hours but is unable to break the 2 objects below into the 4 geometric shapes:
My plan is to break the triangular thing at the front into a flat cylinder, and contain the bunch of straps at the back into a big cylinder and draw from there, but I fail. Stuck.
My plan is to break the row of rectangular thing at the top of the picture into a long box, but I dunno how to proceed for the rest of the parts. Ignore the sketches below as they are drawn from a different position:
Some advice would be greatly appreciated!
4) When you "draw through" the subject, how are you going to be able to "know" what's in the subject? Guess, estimate, imagine and fantasize? Because that's what I'm doing now. Say, I try to break a grandfather clock into the 4 solids and draw through everything. I'm not the clock's manufacturer, so HTH am I going to be able to "see" inside?! This is bothering me to no end.
5) Same goes for breaking the human figure into the 4 solids.
Because I can't see through the flesh and muscle, how am I supposed to know how much of the cylinder's ellipses to show?
What I'm doing now is to estimate, guess and rely on "instinct".
My drawings below show how I break the human torso into 2 cylinders (based on Walt Reed's book, "The Figure"):
That's all. Pls save my ass. Thanks!