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The use of line

From: Foundations of Drawing

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So to start off your drawing journey, we're just going to concentrate on line. So, if we start off with line, then we can build The left-hand side of our brain, which So what I'm doing now, is just focusing on the different shapes.

The use of line

So to start off your drawing journey, we're just going to concentrate on line. Line can often be overlooked when you're first starting. But it can be so important to really understand how shapes all work together to construct a really nice drawing. So, if we start off with line, then we can build up, looking at shade and tones, as our drawings and skills progress. The left-hand side of our brain, which you've learned hinders us when we are trying to draw something accurately, comes back to help us once we have done the line drawing. Because it's so keen to make logical sense of what we are looking at, it can something appear 3D to the viewer, and to yourself, once your line drawing is completed.

So a really good example for you to see how good the left brain can be, is if you ever go into an art gallery and from a distance you see a painting that really looks photorealistic, but then as you get closer and closer towards it, you start to notice it's just really abstract shapes. Just dashes and dots on the actual canvas. And this is why it can be so hard when you're first doing your drawing. Because its always tryna make sense of a drawing, before its actually finished. So the real concept to understand when using line, is the idea of a shared edge.

So if I drew the bottom of a boat, that could be the bottom of the boat or the top of the sea. So both objects share the same edge within that line. I'm just going to do a quick illustration so you can see how important it is to learn how lines, as soon as they're put together, can really create compelling drawing. So what I'm doing now, is just focusing on the different shapes. And how I can start to build these lines and angles together. Using very similar marks, the weight of the line and the pressure on the pencil is the same throughout the drawing.

But when these seemingly abstract shapes, start to put together, a scene emerges before our eyes. And this is what can be so exciting about the drawing process.

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