Introduction to three-dimensional forms
These forms of art have existed right from the Egyptian civilization. The walls of Egyptian temples were decorated with this technique. Bas- relief is a technique, which can be actually termed as two-dimensional work. But at some places the sculptors carve out the portions and give it a three-dimensional effect. While doing this exercise our brain has to calibrate itself to imagine a three-dimensional form with the help of two-dimensional sketches. The sketches done by an artist on the surface before carving is a two-dimensional line work. A circle drawn on the surface can represent a cylinder, a concave sphere or may be a convex vault. This training to the brain is necessary for visual artists to improve their imagination abilities.

Design Application


Soft materials like Thermocol, softwood and plaster of Paris can be selected for the creation of Bas- relief work. A two-dimensional sketch or composition can be drawn on the flat surface. The student starts carving out the surface and tries to explore different types of volumes. Triangular shape can be carved out as a concave pyramid or a square can be converted to a square based empty cuboids.


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