Technicals – The Basics : Builiding a Prism Geometrical Shape

When this shape is not really a star, it is one of the a common motif used for Islamic decoration. When one prism shape isn’t looking like a typical Islamic aesthetic art, a cluster of them arranged accordingly will feature a composition that will comfortably fit to be used as a tiling pattern in Islamic art. It also can be arranged in multiple ways.

When arranged, the prisms will form yet another shape – a four armed star, if composed correctly. We will discuss this later in another edition of the Technicals post. For now, let us see how this prism can be drawn.

  1. First, draw an equal-sided diamond shape, like such.
  2. Next, draw a line in the center, as this is also your guideline.
  3. Half way from the center line to the end of the left (or right, whichever you prefer) corner, draw another line.
  4. Repeat with the other side of the diamond shape, also half way from the center guideline to the right (or left, but in this case it is left) corner.
  5. Erase the guidelines as such :
  6. You basically have the shape now, but wait, there is more cleaning up to do…Clean the center line and recolour the whole shape. Now you have the basic prism shape. The point here is not to complicate things altogether, but to get a shape that is symmetrical and to achieve a perfect pattern, once this shape is arranged in a group accordingly.

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