25 Days to Better Drawings – Day Five – Line Quality

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Description: Learn how to use variety in line to create the illusion of form and light through line quality.

Suggested Materials: Technical ink drawing pens and a kneaded eraser.

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25 Days to Better Drawings – Day Five – Line Quality — 6 Comments

  1. Hi Matt I have drawn off and on for the last 50 years and never felt confidant in my lines and it was a lot erase and redraw of the line and in the end I would end up with a good but worn out image. The shapes do help, my perspective is another thing that has me erasing. I drew this picture a couple of times to get that correct. I have never had a drawing class and always depended on ‘that doesn’t look right system’. This is going to work much better and cleaner. Thank you

    • Hi Louise,
      I’m a newbie also to drawing, would always use traceables when painting but have been forcing myself to free hand more and more, been using the grid method but even stuff that up 😂
      I’ve only been following Matt for a few days but can already identify shapes and lines easier and learning to look at the dimensions and shapes, so much easier.
      With this day 5 one I couldn’t get the lengths correct, kept on rubbing out 😂 but then thought look at the shape, so did just that, it’s an arc at the bottom, then straight lines forming the sides and top of a square, so drew that shape in first then all my lengths were correct, just draw the lines and balls to the edges and there you have it, all the correct length! 😀

  2. Thank you for creating theses lessons. I never thought about how line can add more interest to a drawing before. I thought it was interesting how just adding a little thicker line to different sections of the drawing makes the drawing appear more dimensional.

  3. I used to do this and I knew this happens all the time in other artists’ work but I never had any standard. This lesson let me know I can make my own standard and it’s fine to do that. Thanks!

  4. My first pen and ink. Have been waiting to try out my pens. Love how the thickness makes such a difference on the eye.thank you Matt for explaining in such easy to follow steps.

  5. At the beach yesterday saw a driftwood snag and for first time saw it in terms of shapes – making it appear possible for me to draw. I tried, but failed, to attach photo. Thank you!

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