Squares, Cubes and Cuboids

Consistency. That’s the real problem. Consistency.

Now that I spent some tangible time drawing, as much as my work and free time allows me to, I can say that I’m slowly beginning to gain control over my hand and eyes. I have to remind my self constantly to look at tip of the pen and goal point. What happens often is that I look “through” the paper and then my hand runs without control on paper. Those “moments” mostly lead to a bunch of bad lines. But when I concentrate I manage to draw a straight line.

While I’m concentrated, I manage to draw straight line more or less on consistent basis. But next problem is the other line. As in previous “Triangle and prism” lesson, three problems (still) occur:
1. Same second line length.
2. Distance between lines to be same as length of the lines.
3. Start and finish line so that when lines are connected it becomes square and not parallelogram.

Mr Rainer has really given some thought on methodology and order of lessons ’cause this builds on previous ones. After spending some time testing all sort of variations, this is what seams to give me best results and consistency. I start by drawing top then bottom, left and right line. In that exact order.


Drawing like that gives me that second problem. Distance between lines. Easiest way to solve it is to imagine drawing right angled, isosceles triangle, where longest line (hypotenuse) comes from right corner of drawn, top line to start, left corner of bottom line. I imagine (ghosting) drawing longest line of that imaginary triangle to determine start spot of bottom line. While ghosting that line (which is actually diagonal line of square), I keep an eye on starting position of top line and figuring where it would cross (with other imaginary diagonal line coming from start of top line) hypotenuse in half. So when I get to that point I just continue ghosting motion and double the distance to position pen for the start of bottom line. Sounds complicated but weirdly it works.
By doing it like this I’m solving the problem number three as well.

Even when I manage to draw somewhat regular square, rarely but it happens :), then I hit the biggest problem.


Or :” How to draw second, identical square”. On top of having same challenges as with drawing first one, second has to be same dimensions and in same angle as first one. When I succeed and overcome all those challenges I feel great satisfaction. To someone it may sound irrelevant and small thing in life and in drawing, but it gives me joy. After succesful creation of cube I get wings. Already thinking that I’ll learn to draw like big boys. But then I try to repeat it and fail, again and again and…. You know.

From mr. Shoo Rayner’s Beginner course:


When positioning starting point for the second line of the square, imagine to draw right angled, isosceles triangle coming from end point of first, top line to start (left) position of bottom line.


White space – Distance and angle between top and bottom line, so that once they’re connected they form square and not recatngle or parallelogram.

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