See how the large shapes were first lightly blocked in, then the contours were sketched, and last lines were straightened and accentuated.
The straight construction lines help a lot when you are drawing the symmetrical object model whose two sides are alike; such as straight lines help you draw the ovals properly.
”Is a top larger than the bottom, or not?”
“Are the sides straight and parallel, or are they slanted?”
“Do the top and bottom lines slant or are they horizontal?”
“Do I see a true circle, or an oval?”
Be sure you really know the shape of the model before you draw a line on your paper. Look carefully, be sure of what you see, then draw it. These are the fundamental steps in making a good drawing.
The straight lines help you draw the shapes that you seem more easily will stop block them in likely.
The final touch darkened some of the contrast lines for interesting accents.
Revision of a previous lesson
Artist's Way of holding the pencil.
Do not grip the pencil tightly like you do when writing.
Also hold the pencil several inches away from the point.
Pencil should be able to be pulled out of your hand easily.
Revision of a previous lesson
Place your drawing board in position (see previous drawing lessons) and you are ready to begin.
Do the warm-up, exercises on this page to get the feel of the pencil. Use firm, sweeping pencil movements for these lines and strokes.
First your lines may not look much like the examples shown here. But with a little practice, you will soon be able to draw them with reasonable success. Don't tighten up __ don't draw each line slowly and tedious __ don't use short, timid strokes. Make your pencil glide across the paper.
1/long, smooth, strokes. Draw each line with one sweep of the pencil. Try pencil position B or D.
2/Swing the pencil, in the circles. Use pencil position, B or E. for many circles, fill pages of practice paper. Soon yours will be smooth and round.
3/horizontal and vertical lines __ line them up with the edges of the drawing paper.
4/finally some slanting, lines.
5/and looping curves.
Strokes and Shapes.
Now put some of these lines together.
1/horizontal and vertical picture frame
2/circles large and small with some lines accented, (darkened) with a 3B pencil.
3/lines with verticals make a box ... a house. Sketch very lightly until you get the right slant then darken the line.
4/Draw round circles... you can do this easily now.
5/Next __ swing an oval.
Then a thinner oval __ still thinner___very thin indeed.
To draw a flower pot.
1/"vertical and two horizontal lines. Add slanting lines. Swing oval in top and bottom. Accent with the darker pencil. Draw a daisy, without lifting the pencil.
Begin to work using a still life model.
Each of these outline drawings was done directly from a model. Notice how the lightly sketched, construction lines were used.
Copyright Agency Ltd (CAL) will be hosting a series of information sessions on the Australian visual artists' resale royalty scheme during July, August and September. Artists who attend these seminars will be able to find out what the scheme means for them and what they need to do to participate.
There will be one session for artists and another for ‘art market professionals’ art dealers, galleries, auction houses and Indigenous art centers. Sessions will be held in all the Australian capital cities, as well as Darwin, Cairns and Alice Springs.
This post is illustrated with images of the copyright fridge magnets from the art of artist and author, Kathy Shell.
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