Today is a good day to talk about the line drawing.
This blog will hopefully give you some new clues on how to improve your art
Lines... What can we say about them?
Overtime we are about to draw something - we start with a line. We see lines everywhere, every day we are surrounded with lines. Even if you think of perspective - its also guided by lines.
Lines matter, so lets find out how to make ourselves better at drawing them.
1. Have you ever considered drawing blind drawings? No? Try it out! its an amazing way to boost up your skills.
This type of practice helps your learning to see, so as to establish the connection between you hands, brain and sight.
Choose what you want to draw. Look at the object, notice the shapes, lines, shadows and draw it, but don't you dare to look at the drawing before done!
Bare in mind that the aim is practice and learning and not the realistic drawing. The results are very often funny
2. Continuous line drawing.
This one is meant to be done without ever (!) lifting the drawing tool off the paper. The aim is to observe and put it on paper.
Pretty much self-explanatory one, isn't it?
3. Contour drawing.
Note - very helpful for the ones that need to draw faster. Use different weight of line throughout the drawing. Don't stick to details.
Just focus your attention to the proportion and shapes, if using contour alone - ignore colour, mediums and tone. Start this exercise after you complete the blind drawing ones and the gesture activity too.
4. Cross contour drawing.
Perfect for learning shapes and getting familiar with 3D. Looks very nice in sketchbooks. Like in the 3rd exercise - pay attention to the perspectives and shapes. Show volume just with lines. Here lines can run at any appropriate level, even multiple angles sometimes. The closer you get to the middle of the object the closer you put the lines together. The further = the greater the distance is.
5. Now what on earth is a gestural drawing?
A gestural drawing is the one you have a limit of time on, it as well teaches you to observe. What do i mean by the time limit - round about 20, 30, 60 or 90 seconds per a drawing. I usually challenge myself like that while learning a new animal species or a new person. Fast and expressive lines to show the subject is all you need.
6. Of any of you like the directions of abstract art or cubism moving into the geometrical forms, you should try out the planar analysis drawing style.
this means that you should think of a rather mechanical way of representing the object you chose to draw. Treat it as an analytical exercise that will bring you the mechanical style outcome.
7. Last but not least is the wire sculpture.
The aim here is similar to the continuous line drawing, just curl the wires to form the linear drawing of an object or person you chose to represent through your study.
Have fun experimenting and remember that practice makes perfect!