Today’s drawing sesh is more about LOOKING than it is about making lines. LOOK LONG before making even the tiniest mark, then slowly proceeding, mark by mark, always LOOKING LOOKING LOOKING, before you make the next mark, then LOOKING AGAIN before making corrections or changes. This way, you are becoming confident in your OBSERVATIONS before worrying about getting the drawings “right”.
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- 4-step drawing exercise: The drawer LOOKS ONLY for, say, 3-5 minutes (use a timer), then attempts to capture the subject in JUST 3-5 lines (or gestures), then LOOKS for 3-5 minutes more (again, use a timer) before correcting or adding any marks. Draw this way for the whole session just to see what happens.
- Modified contour drawing: remember the way you “followed the line” with some blind-contour drawing from a few weeks ago? Well this time, approach the subject you’re drawing in the same way (looking more at the subject and less at your paper, except this time, I’ll let you peek at your paper every few marks, making tiny adjustments in the direction your pencil is going, to match your observations as you go along.
- Using ONLY straight lines to achieve contour: Here we use a ruler/straight-edge to eyeball the angle of a contour and sketch a series of straight lines to build up the shapes:
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HoW soMe otHer aRtistS Look wiTh LinEs…
- Australian artist Ginny Grayson often utilises a bunch of lines to build up her drawings using simple materials such as charcoal or pencil until they take on a deep ephemeral nature.
- Puerto Rican-born and Connecticut-based artist Cary Smith‘s use of line and “approach to composition has been primarily based on the need to develop a flexible framework on which to hang color: a modular “architecture” in which color can be manipulated to what are ultimately emotional ends.”
What other artists or techniques can you think of? Let me know!