Triangles to Describe Folds

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By robgale November 14, 2018

This painting by J.C. Leyendecker does a particularly brilliant job of using triangular shapes to describe the folds of this man’s shirt.

It’s an interesting exercise to look at paintings and photography to see how many triangles you can find in the folds of a shirt or article of clothing. They are particularly clear in this painting by J.C. Leyendecker as they help to really emphasize the crisp nature of this man’s shirt. Something more loose and flowy will still have triangular shapes in it, but because of the nature of the fabric, they will flow more into one another. Leyendecker is great for seeing how clear, simple shapes can be used to create a sense of material reality.

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