Geometric illustrations. How to do geometric art?

Geometric illustrations. How to do geometric art?

by CreativeMindClass • 3 min read

In his geometric illustrations, Marc David Spengler uses a combination of geometric shapes and bright colours to achieve visual harmony.

Abstract and bold geometric illustrations: imaginary drawings deeply rooted in graffiti by Marc David Spengler

An integral part of the creation process of geometric illustrations is the anticipation of unknown outcomes. Marc emphasises that every shape and every colour choice is an impulsive reaction to those shapes and colours previously drawn. Optical illusions, fake shadows, the transformation from flatness to spatiality, seemingly simple details - when presented at Ampersand Gallery in Portland last year, they mesmerised the viewer.

"Double Monobloc" Acrylic illustration on Paper. Example of a Geometric illustration by Marc David Spengler.
Geometric Illustration: Double Monobloc, Acrylics on Paper, 03 / 2021

Geometric Illustrations Lesson

  • No pencil drawing beforehand.
  • Start working on the outside by drawing a background silhouette.
  • Imagine what could be on the inside.
  • Don't overload it by adding too many details.
  • Play with the given parameter.
  • Add an unrealistic shadow or creating an optical illusion.
  • Aim for creating harmony.
  • Constantly react to the previously drawn.
  • Do small drawings.

"My name is Marc David Spengler, I'm 25 years old, and I'm living in a suburb of Stuttgart, Germany. Since I was a little child, I've always been drawing a lot. I remember when I was in fifth grade, I wrote that my career aspiration was to become a car designer. A little bit later, when I was 12, I discovered the world of graffiti, which has been a huge inspiration source for me ever since.

Why do artists use geometric shapes?

I'm no longer an artist doing real graffiti today, but I'm observing geometric shapes every day through social media, magazines, and books. When I finished school in 2014, I started studying communication design at the Academy of Fine Arts in Stuttgart, where I'm still studying today in the class of Patrick Thomas.

Besides my studies, I'm working on exhibitions, brand collaborations, and my sketchbooks. When it comes to my illustration style, I'm mostly working with abstract geometric shapes and bright colour combinations that I try to balance in a self-given frame. My goal for every composition that I'm working on is to create harmony.

Wall Design in the reception for Warby Parker, Chicago 07 / 2019. Example of a Geometric shapes illustration by Marc David Spengleron.
Geometric Illustration: Wall Design for Warby Parker, Chicago 07 / 2019.

How to do geometric art?

To make geometric art, I'm not doing a pencil drawing beforehand, so a lot of my drawings are imaginary. I like to start working on the outside by drawing a background silhouette, and then I imagine what could be on the inside. So I'm constantly reacting to the previously drawn shapes, which makes it very interesting to me because I also don't know how it's going to look like in the end.

A pair of Vans shoes, colorful markers, sketchbooks and creative objects on a table. Example of Geometric pattern design of vans shoes by Marc David Spengler
Geometric Illustration: Shoe Design for Vans, 03 / 2020

I prefer making small geometric illustrations because I have a better overview of the composition and tend not to overload it by adding too many details. When I'm drawing, I also like to play with the given parameters, like adding an unrealistic shadow or creating an optical illusion, because everything is possible in the two-dimensional world."

Prints of Marc's geometric illustrations are available from Big Cartel, and you can keep up with his latest artwork on Instagram.

Sketchbook pages. Multiple geometric shapes illustrations ideas by Marc David Spengler
Geometric Illustration: Sketchbook pages, 2019

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