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.



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.


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.


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


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


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.

Why not have a go at this and post your artwork for me to see. Maybe I or the community can offer support, encouragement and helpful feedback.  – share your work on TWITTER and INSTAGRAM – POST  using our hashtag #ONLINECOLLEGEART