Animation Basics - Straight Ahead
Shape is the form of an object or its external boundary, outline or an external surface. A shape can be two dimensional or three dimensional or even freeform. A shape can morph, that is change smoothly from one form to another by small gradual steps. Shapes are found in nature and can be manmade as well. Shapes based on manmade math principles like square, triangle and circle are geometric shapes, whereas abstract shapes similar to natural elements like water, fire,rocks, flora, fauna etc are organic. One can create meaning or mood using shapes. Sharp edges tend to be rigid and precise creating boldness, harshness etc. Rounded edges on the other hand are soft and friendly creating a sense of warmth and security.