Using Lines For Drawing

Heads up, before you start drawing you should know that this should be the first drawing section you should learn as lines are a basic concept.




Drawing Lines With Confidence




When learning to draw, one of the basic ideas you can learn is how to draw a line. It may seem like an easy task, which it usually is, but drawing lines for beginners can be easier said than done.



Initially, It seems like connecting two points together would be easy but this article isn't going to teach you how to just connect two dots, but prepare you for making easy drawings.



Because line drawings seem simple, to a lot of people will skip this altogether without realizing what this could mean for their line art. After sketching the drawing, you might want to add a strong outline to the drawing to give it emphasis, but without enough practice and confidence, you'll notice how beginners start to make chicken scratches or become very nervous to draw over there finish piece, and this is even more prevalent with working digitally as lines becomes even more emphasized, since it's not the same as making line drawings on paper.



You see lines are very important part of drawing, as they are building block:



  1. Connect two line and make a shape.
  2. Connect more lines and make a 3D shape.
  3. Connect more lines and you make an object.



The reason why learning to draw lines with confidence is so important is because a lot of beginners will actually struggle drawing lines down the road, i.e. inking and line work, with their own complex drawing. Even when sketching, people are very hesitant about applying pressure to the paper, but with some of these exercises we should clear up your line art.


Getting Use to Making Lines




First thing you should do is grab a piece of paper or if you're working digitally open up a new document. You want to take your pen or pencil and just make either straight, curvy, or zigzag lines.




Make one clear stroke, pick up our pen or pencil, and then start again.



This is very important as we don't want you to get into the habit of making your line sloppy after all this is drawing lines with confidence.



You should at least feel 1 page a day of just random strokes. The whole point of this exercise is to get rid of the notion of being nervous when drawing so have fun with this.


Building Up Your Line Art




Now that we're confident with making a single stroke, now we want to add a build up to our lines art. When drawing, you might want to add emphasis to certain sections of a drawing whether it be the arm, the legs, or the edge of an object and the way that we can achieve this is by adding a buildup or by continuously drawing over the line repeatedly until our eyes are drawn to it. Believe it or not, this is actually one of the smaller detail that separates a beginner from a pro. Beginners tend to use softer strokes so they can easily erase but the drawing doesn't pop out at you, whereas a professional will actually be more confident when drawing and trying to add emphasis where need be.




Grab a piece of paper or if you're working digitally open up a new document. What you want to do is make a stroke whether it be straight, curve, zigzag, or random as long as it is a continuous stroke .You don't want to hesitate when drawing but you don't want to rush it either. Go at a rate that's comfortable for you.




Don't go back and forth with the lines. Make one clear stroke, pick up our pen or pencil, and then start again.



Try to keep in mind the previous exercise where you made multiple strokes. Make sure you have a variety of short to long lines as you want to move out of your comfort zone otherwise you're only be able to do what you've always been doing.


Keep in mind that this won't be perfect and that's okay because this is practice. Once you have done this enough, then you should feel more comfortable with drawing. Nothing worth wild was ever achieved in a day so take your time. If your still having trouble with your confidence, then learn about intrinsic motivation and extrinsic motivation.