Cubism experiments (in a nutshell)

By Gillian Valladares Castellino

In Cubism, the subject of an artwork is broken up, examined and re-assembled in an abstracted form. The purpose is to depict objects from multiple points of view, simultaneously breaking it down into cubes, cyliners, spheres and cones. The reason for doing this was to capture the essence of the object rather than create a photographic image of it. Cubism is an avant garde art movement, pioneered in the 20th century by Pablo Piccaso and Georges Braque.

So, how can you use cubism to produce a work of art? An easy technique is to:
1. Choose a subject to draw. Observe it and draw an outline onto paper without taking your eyes off the subject (this is a technique also used in contour drawing).
2. Move the subject a number of times and repeat the process.
3. Now change the size, shape or position of the outline
4. If you wish, introduce tones, planes, and colours
(NB: You can apply this approach to your entire drawing or only parts of it)
5. When it 'feels' right, stop and admire your work
Here are examples of what I produced following the approach outlined above: