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Drawing and creativity are critical parts of human communication and personal expression, and are essential for success in every profession. Drawing is especially valuable because it improves hand-eye coordination, as well as your understanding of form and shape. It also lets you quickly communicate ideas that may be difficult to put into words. To help you hone your skills, Von Glitschka has developed the 21-Day Drawing Challenge. The goal isn't to turn you into a professional illustrator or fine artist—it's about improving your drawing skills and creative thinking, no matter if you're an expert or have never drawn more than a doodle on a notepad.
Von will assign you a drawing challenge for each day. Take the time you need to finish each challenge, and then watch the video where Von shares his own hand-drawn solution. There are no right answers here; his solutions should serve as inspiration! For more encouragement, look no further than the chapter on inspiring drawers. Each movie profiles a different artist, including people like Kate Bingaman Burt and Mattias Adolfsson. So, step up to the plate. You're just 21 days from a new creative habit. And don't forget to share your drawings via Twitter and Facebook! Use the hashtag #draw21days.
I have to admit this is one of my personal favorite styles to work in. So, how did your continuous line drawings come out? Did you struggle with forming the shapes with one continuous line? What theme was hardest for you to draw? Let me show you how I work on these type of drawings and how my linear drawings came out. So, when I approach any kind of project, whatever paper or pen for that matter I have at the time is usually what I use.
In this case, I used a red pen. And you can see here that I drew some initial linear drawings. And in this case, I was using the sheet from another project I was working on at the time. You never know when your inspiration is going to hit. so, from this point, I started using a pencil and I continued to draw and work out my sketches for this particular challenge. You can see the dog and the man on the unicycle. And the creative process is kind of sloppy at times, so there's also a coffee stain on my papers, so there you go.
As you work out your drawings and this applies to the 21 days, each of the 21 days, that is, it's okay to not get it right the first time. You want to work through it. You want to draw, keep drawing. Try different things. In, in this case, if you look at this sheet of paper here, I'm drawing out the hand holding the soda bottle. And I had to work out his thumb in different ways before I figured out how exactly to draw it. And that should be expected. You're not going to set your pencil down on the paper and get it right the first time.
It's just not going to happen. So it's a process. You have to work through it, struggle with it until you end up having something that looks great. Here on the eagle, which you saw in the previous movie I'm working out the tail. And I'm experimenting with that, also trying different heads before I find one that works. And that's what gets translated into my final linear line drawings, which are shown here. Now all of these I ended up drawing on different sheets of paper. That's why they're all taped up onto one sheet.
And this is what I scanned in and I actually built out the vector art for these linear illustration, just because I liked them so much and I want to plan on using them in some other way. And if you check the exercise files for this course, you'll not only see my final linear drawings, you'll also see the final vector artwork as well. So, make sure to share your linear drawings and use the hash tag draw21days
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