Practising ellipses

A page of ellipses at different angles. The key things to remember are:

  • there are no sharp corners as the curve needs to join the back and front halves of the ellipse smoothly;
  • ellipses get narrower as they approach the eye line;
  • the back half is a little narrower than the front half;
  • make sure you establish the vertical and horizontal centre lines of the ellipse first;
  • it’s helpful to do one horizonta half at a time to make sure it is symmetrical, though being careful that the two halves join smoothly;
  • mark off the horizontal and vertical edges so you know the extent of the ellipse.