How to draw a symetrical object

by Francis
(UK)

Draw an outline of a vase for example. Draw a line down the middle of the vase. Decide which side you like the best. Trace the outline. Flip the tracing over. Redraw the side of the vase by using the tracing as a carbon(joining up the lines to the first side).


You now have a vase that is symmetrical.
Remove vertical line.

This works for any object with equal sides.

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Tricks of the Trade
by: Anonymous

Each to his/her own. If you can do it, great, if you cannot then do what The Great Masters did and use tricks and illusion to help you. No shame in that is there?

Whatever floats your boat!

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Very neat idea!
by: Jill

I think that's a great idea, due to poor vision I have huge problems with depth,symmetry, and perspective too. (Let's not even go into being able to make things the correct size!) That tip would probably help me a lot then.
Side note: That painting of an apple that Anon did is awesome! :)

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Getting it right
by: Anonymous

I agree with what you said. Sometimes I challenge myself to suggest a shape by just a few splatters of colors like in this painting http://community.how-to-draw-and-paint.com/photo/green-apple?context=user
Or sometimes I find myself admiring a child's painting because it expresses something beyond the object described by the image.

Anyway, drawing skills are very important. I don't use tricks or other tools to get the right shapes. If I cannot draw them correct I leave them as such and keep practicing.

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Tip
by: mike from manchester

I think that anything that helps to boost a person's confidence when drawing is fine. But I also think that a vase drawn asymmetrical may also be valid. Remember the old adage,"Art is not about creating a photographic image, but showing the character of the object drawn". If an artist feels happier with a correctly proportioned vase, great. But if the other way satisfies the emotions--that is great too. Enjoy!

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Every little tip helps
by: Anonymous

If you are struggling and you just cannot get a vase right, and believe me it will look wrong if it is not even, this is enough to put you off drawing for life. A simple little trick like this will make all the difference, and in my opinion, and from experience, any trick which will help is welcome. All the Old Masters used tricks and this is no different.

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Is it fare?
by: Anonymous

The idea is great, but I wonder if it is fare to call yourself an artist if you cannot even draw a vase without using this kind of tricks.

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Great Idea
by: shrl

I like this tip it's very useful if you want to get both sides of the vase to look correct.

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Great Idea
by: Anonymous

That is a super idea.

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