OCAD Studio: Shape Exercises

Shape exercises are a great, quick exercise to improve your observational drawing skills. They will help you to accurately copy shapes when you’re copying from life or a reference.

These are the materials you will need:

  • Piece of blank paper
  • Strip of tracing paper
  • Pencil
  • Tape


1) Begin by drawing a series of random shapes down the paper. Once you’ve drawn these shapes, tape the tracing paper on the right hand side of them.

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2) Starting at the top, try to copy the shape as accurately as possible. You can either copy by eye or you can measure, whatever you prefer.

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3) Once you’re happy with your copy of the first shape, you can lift up the tracing paper and then place it down over the original.

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4) You can now check to see how accurate you copy was.

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5) Repeat the process until you have copied all of the shapes. Using the tracing paper to check your accuracy each time.

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It’s as simple as that!

You can spend as much or as little time as you like on these. They’re a great little exercise to fill in time. The more you do, the better your drawings will become.


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