There are 3 basic types of shapes: geometric, natural/organic and abstract. Abstract shapes are icons that represent an idea or concept but are not real i.e. stick men in signs. Abstract shapes are not part of my work so I shall will be just looking at natural/organic and abstract.
‘Geometric shapes are what most people think of as shapes. Circles, squares, triangles, diamonds are made up of regular patterns that are easily recognizable. This regularity suggests organization and efficiency. It suggests structure. Geometric shapes tend to be symmetrical further suggesting order.’
I have spoken about geometric shapes in my work before what I want to talk about here is my interest in the use of natural/organic shapes.
‘Natural/Organic shapes are irregular. They have more curves and are uneven. They tend to be pleasing and comforting. While they can be man-made (ink blobs), they are more typically representative of shapes found in nature such as a leaves, rocks, and clouds. They are free form and asymmetrical and convey feelings of spontaneity. Organic shapes add interest and reinforce themes.’
One of the reasons I find natural/organic shapes so appealing is because not only do they convey a feeling, but through their nameless form they speak to the visual (subconscious/higher self/right) side of the mind.
For my drawings to successfully look organic they have to be drawn from this place, the visual (subconscious/higher self/right) side of the mind. This is done by getting into a ‘meditative’ state through the act of drawing itself.
Betty Edwards in her book The New Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain (Edwards, Betty. The New Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain. USA: Harper Collins Publishers, 2001) explores this process of by passing the logical side to get to the visual side of the brain. It includes focusing, working slowly, repetitive actions, the not naming of objects/looking at the masses/forms/negative shapes). This very basic description of the process is the principle behind my work, which I am still looking at and trying to understand.