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Deconstructing FreeHand graphics Part 1: Examine the sample image

Examine the sample image

When artists are learning to use an unfamiliar medium such as acrylic paint or an airbrush, they often start by producing a simple image called a still-life. Still-life images typically depict an arrangement of simple objects such as blocks, cones, and spheres, and sometimes a few more complex objects or a background.

The sample tutorial image includes seven shapes that vary in complexity from easy to moderately complex. To create your own version of the image, you will start with the simplest shape, the sphere, and progress through the more difficult shapes. As you work through the tutorial, you will draw on the provided grid to more easily match the perspective of the final wood-grained surface. It’s easier to place the objects you draw on a simple background, so you’ll draw the wood-grained surface last.

Before you start the tutorial, open the deconstruct_1.fh10 sample file and take a few minutes to examine the image. The sample image is located on the Sample Image layer, which is locked in the sample file. Select the objects and take them apart to learn how they are made. You will find that in most cases, the illusion of depth is not difficult to achieve.