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Foundations of Drawing
Illustration by John Hersey

The use of line


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Foundations of Drawing

with Will Kemp

Video: The use of line

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.

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Foundations of Drawing
2h 24m Beginner Apr 28, 2014

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Anyone can learn how to draw. Success comes down to three things:

Shape: By focusing on the shapes of the objects (and more importantly the shapes between the objects) you can view subjects with a whole new outlook and focus.

Simplicity: You'll get better results by concentrating on simple subjects and drawing techniques that will still prove powerful when used together.

Structure: A structured approach makes drawing easier to master.

Each chapter in this course is built on these three principles, combining drawing theory and practical examples with worksheets and drawing assignments. Will Kemp brings his passion for teaching and infectious love of drawing together in these lessons. You'll learn about line, value, tone, negative space, and perspective, and come away with the confidence to start making drawing a daily practice.

This course was created and produced by Will Kemp. We're honored to host this training in our library.

Topics include:
  • Materials you need to draw
  • Drawing theory
  • Framing your composition
  • Using the picture plane
  • Creating contrast
  • Using negative space to create more powerful compositions
  • Creating form from shadows and light
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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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