“Bikablorize” Images – A Guide to Creating Visuals in Five Simple Steps

“As a child, I only ever drew what was important.” This statement was shared by one of our training participants and is a reminder for us of “the wisdom that is in children’s drawings”. In this little tutorial, we’ll show you how you can use this mindset and the bikablo technique to simplify your own pictures to the essential elements and thus “bikablorize” them.

by Martin Haussman


The rudimentary bull and the technique of simplification

Do you know the famous drawing by Pablo Picasso, in which the legendary Spanish artist reduced a detailed bull to a simple line drawing in eleven steps? At the beginning of this series, there is an anatomically correct sketch, which is depicted in an increasingly simplified way in each subsequent step. In the end, what remains is a pictogram consisting of simple lines and shapes, in which every viewer – despite the captivating simplicity – still recognizes a bull.

At bikablo, we also use this technique of simplification in our training and for our graphic recording work. This allows us to quickly and flexibly draw from a wide range of images and simply depict complex shapes with just a few strokes.

If we lack the right images for a quick sketch, we can develop them ourselves quickly and easily using our visual vocabulary. We call this process “bikablorizing images”. Anyone can learn to do this, because this special technique uses mainly letters and simple graphic shapes: dots, lines, circles, triangles or squares.

“Perfection is reached, not when nothing more can be added, but when nothing more can be taken away.” – Antoine de Saint Exupéry

“Bikablorize” Images – A Guide to Creating Visuals in Five Simple Steps

Stroke by stroke you can draw a horse – bikablorize images in five steps.

Letters and simple geometric shapes are very easy to trace. This makes them ideal to use in building visual vocabulary with bikablo technique. For example, if you want to draw a horse using the bikablo approach, do the following:

1. Find yourself a simple template , perhaps look for a picture on Google Image search. Try to identify the simplest shapes in the image and – like Picasso – break it down into its basic forms. Where can I leave out another line, where not? Where are proportions important?

2. Decide on a version in which – according to de Saint Exupéry’s quote – nothing can be left out. Make yourself aware of the basic shapes once again.

3. Draw the horse step by step, starting with the largest shape, in this case the torso. Memorize the order of the strokes, connection points and the proportions. Practice putting together the individual shapes and components until you can draw the picture “horse” as fluently as you write the word.

4. Finally, use a light, wide colored pencil to create a shadow . This gives the drawing body. Note how and where you placed the shadow.

5. Now that you have mastered your image and its components, you can begin to play with it. Often, simple changes in stroke direction or arrangement are enough to create new visual expressions.


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