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Drawn to Life: 20 Golden Years of Disney Master Classes Volume 1 by Don Hahn, Walt Stanchfield

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131 Shape — A Multi-Form Drawing Tool

If you do what you’ve always done, you’ll get what you’ve always gotten.

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Shapes have many functions to perform for you. One important function is to identify objects or parts of objects. Shapes, singly, are used to represent objects like a box or a banana, and collectively to distinguish complex structures like the human body.

Another important use for shape is to create feelings and to incite certain desired responses. We are constantly faced with symbols that evoke immediate responses. An arrow shape suggests direction. They are painted on street intersections to instruct us on which way we can turn, they are on lights outside elevators indicating up or down, and on crudely painted signs pointing ...

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