25 Days to Better Drawings – Day Two – Drawing with Lines

25 Days to Better Drawings: Drawing with Lines

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25 Days to Better Drawings – Day Two – Drawing with Lines — 56 Comments

  1. Day 2 very interesting. I did not understand in exercise #4 why you had to keep your pencil down the entire time?
    I see how I have a whole lot to learn. 😀

    • Hi Julie,

      Thanks! These lessons are new, but the concepts of drawing remain the same. Some of the information from this course you may have also seen in other courses.

  2. Having problems with lesson 2 …. can’t get past the one and a half minutes…. just a black screen with a white circle spinning!

    • Hi Jo-Ann, The video is playing normally. It sounds like the video is buffering for you. This occurs when your internet connection is weak or your connection is inconsistent. You may try changing the video quality by scrolling over the video and clicking on the gear icon. Try playing the video at a lower resolution.

  3. Hilarious! I drew a sledge hammer >.< – Struggled with the continuous line drawing as I was drawing each item continuously :/ I needed to watch what the words actually meant. So I will attempt them again as suggested but drawing the form without taking my pencil off the paper. I think some of the struggle is that it does go against everything I thought I knew about drawing lines! So point to me for learning something new today 😀 Thank you very much for putting this course together. It works perfectly with two others I am currently observing.

  4. I love this course! But I would also be VERY exited if there would be a course like this i watercolour! I believe that there is not very much here on that subject….

  5. darn it I am having trouble with number 4 and not picking up my pencil while continuing the line. I am also having a hard time staring at the drawing and the paper because I want to stare at the paper more. I still have a lot to learn

  6. Dear Matt, I am very happy with the two lesson here, and I did the exercises, but I have a problem keeping the pencil on the paper because I’m left-handed, and the things sometimes are better from left to right. Please, give me an advice.

    • Hi Annette,

      This exercise is equally challenging if you are left-handed or right-handed. If the paper is moving or if it is difficult to make marks, you may try taping the paper to the surface that your working on. This may make it a little easier.

    • Hi Angela,

      All of our courses begin with the most basic principles. We don’t skip anything or make any assumptions. The lessons become more challenging as the course progresses.

  7. I really enjoy exercises like these, I’d forgotten! My brush handle and knife handle didn’t quite meet up in no 4, but never mind – onward and I hop upward.

  8. Olá Matt!

    Realmente o exercício 4 com a linha continua e o não levantar o lápis é o mais difícil pra mim. Mas, estou confiante e empolgada para concluir os 25 dias desenhando.

  9. I think I press down too hard. I used 2B should I go to another such as HB. My continuous line drawing still looked strange but I get the concept! Thanks. Really enjoy the instruction until I can get into another class here.

  10. This is a great lesson I’m on day 2 and I got to learn how to observe more of the details they’re just simply put them down I got to add the width on some of the tools. Matt I’m so glad you made the virtual instructor🤗

  11. WOW……….Day 1 and 2 were pretty amazing for me. I will be 76 next month and I can draw a shoe and hammer, well sorta of, but I am still excited for all of the next lessons.
    Thank You for making this learning program.

    • Hi Saiful,

      The Secrets to Drawing is great place for absolute beginners, but this course is also suited for beginners. 25 Days to Better Drawings is probably better for “advanced” beginners – if this makes sense. You’ll get quite a lot from either of these.

  12. Great lessons Matt. Think I will repeat day 2 again before moving on. I was way too slow on the continuous line drawing section and kind of messed up the relationship of objects. Will pause the video next time and finish the drawing before wrapping up the video lesson.

  13. very helpful, reminds me of the other times I’ve started to “learn to draw” and let it go. luckily I’m using my old sketchbooks so there is evidence of earlier efforts. a time i drew my shoe and it came out OK 🙂

  14. YES! YES! YES! Oh my gosh so challenging for me! 🙂 This is where I am!! I’m going to be able to learn how to draw! 🙂 Oh thank you. <3

  15. Day 2, It was good. I’m getting better but realized in exercise 1 with the 0% drawing, my hammer looks more of a cartoon. Besides that, Im having fun and I understand every that was explained. can’t wait for day 3

  16. OK, this may sound odd but, some of these exercises I find the subject of the drawing a bit boring so I very very quickly
    sketch and shade them out because I just want to get it done. I’m a beginner so not adept at all but I’m finding that the quicker I sketch the better the representation of the image I’m attempting to draw. What’s the deal with that? Should I continue to sketch quickly and avoid detail until the end. I realize we’re just doing exercises at this point but I can’t help but notice this. How and why does this happen?

    • Hi Celeste,

      Yes! This is likely due to loosening up. When we loosen up, our marks are more fluid and it can actually lead to greater accuracy, even though this seems counter to logic. Yes, continue to draw loosely in the beginning stages and tighten up as you go.

  17. Enjoyed the lesson. I am very novice artist with very little training. I think this course will certainly help me with learning the basics of drawing. I certainly learned that I need to practice, practice, practice!!

    Thank You!

  18. I know the obvious answer, but could you suggest homework with each lesson that will continue to build the particular skill that we are working? I know for the intended lesson ie. like circles and ellipses practice but I bet you can come up with some unique ideas to hone the skills even farther. I am tempted to just keep going to the next lesson as I have quite a bit of time. But something tells me I wouldn’t learn as much if I stuck with the practice of each particular lesson. Am I making sense? I must tell you i have ever enjoyed drawing so much. since I started these and other lessons you have taught. Thank you for the reasonable price for such quality education.

  19. Thank you very much for some valuable lessons. It is a wonderful challenge for myself who will be 72 y.o. Tomorrow. Having fun and truly enjoying myself.
    You are an excellent instructor.

  20. 1. Not too bad on the imagination, but a lot of detail left out.
    2. Really went off course on this one! Handle came to a point with a single line hook attached!
    3. I ended up with a double headed hammer. One directly below the other.
    4. Rather pleased with this as looks real good

  21. Got That wrong!
    1 Not too bad on the imagination, but lot of detail left out.
    2. Really went off course on this one ! Handle came to a point with a single line hook attached. So I repeated the exercise. This time coming up with a double headed hammer. One directly below the other. Oh well!
    3. Rather pleased with this as it looks really good.
    4. Quite frankly amazing! Looks good, and I made it without lifting pencil!

  22. Doing the 7 day free trial to see how I like it. Using an iPad and have excellent Wi-Fi connection. Video stops constantly and a loop shows on the screen, superimposed on the paused video. I am not computer savvy but wondering if problem would resolve if I formally join and pay and could download videos? Thank you.

    • Hi Mercedes,

      All of our videos are presented in High Definition by default. They do not buffer to a lesser quality automatically. Even the fastest internet connections are sometimes throttled or dropped which can cause buffering. You can change the quality of the video to a lesser quality by scrolling over the video and clicking on the small gear icon in the corner of the video. You can choose a lesser quality to stream and your internet will have a better time playing the video.

  23. Enjoyed that day

    Exercise 1 I was ok but very basic almost childlike drawing, I struggle with drawing from my imagination
    Exercise 2 was better than expected except the head was awful
    Exercise 3 not bad at all although struggled with the front of the hammerhead circle/eclipse was a challenge
    Exercise 4 very tricky but can see the benefit.

    Overall good and productive lesson thanks 😊

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