Tips for Getting Started on Line DrawingJun 06, 2021
The easier way to start practicing drawing is by starting with what some like to call “line drawing.” So what is line drawing exactly? Webster says that it’s “a drawing done using narrow lines, the variation of which, in width and density, produce such effects as tone and shading.”
In simpler terms, it’s kind of like doodling with ink. It’s different from other types of drawing in that it focuses more on the simplicity of getting the outlines of objects onto paper. It’s less about adding in the nitty-gritty details. It’s a great way to learn about how lines define form, making line drawing a great skill for beginners.
So why would you want to learn line drawing? First, and foremost, it’s a great entry point for anyone wanting to learn how to draw. It’s also an exceptional creative outlet. You can use line drawing as a way to add a little personality to your journal entries, planner, to-do list, and more! Have a look here for some ideas on how to use line drawing in your bullet journal.
Line drawing is also a simple creative skill that can go a long way. How so? Once you start getting the hang of line drawing, you can take it to the next level by turning it into digital designs. All you have to do is scan and upload your illustration into a computer. So fun, right? That opens up a whole new world to you. You can now create your own desktop wallpapers, art prints, or heck, even a custom coffee mug.
Tips to get started with line drawing:
Most artists who are practicing line drawing prefer using a pen (like The Pigeon Letters Monoline ones) to create their designs.
When drawing objects, start by thinking about how it would look flattened on the paper. This helps you keep it to the basics: the outline and shapes of any object.
A bird’s eye view is the best way to draw an object as a flat lay on paper. You can do this by placing the object you want to draw right on the paper. Then, arch your head over the object and start drawing its outline.
You can create different textures by using hand-motions and arm-motions. An example would be a wrist flick to create thin, whimsy lines. Moving your arm (instead of your hand) helps you draw straight lines.
Add in a layered effect by drawing shapes that look like they’re tucked behind another object.
Don’t worry about it looking perfect. The Imperfections make your drawings look more real!
Add color to your designs by using colored pencils, brush pens, or watercolor. This is a great way to add more shadowing and highlights to your drawing.
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