Beginners Drawing: Continuous Line Drawing Technique | Shellie Cleaver | Skillshare

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Beginners Drawing: Continuous Line Drawing Technique

teacher avatar Shellie Cleaver, Visual art + academic writing classes

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5 Lessons (18m)
    • 1. Introduction

    • 2. Drawing 1

    • 3. Drawing 2

    • 4. Thanks

    • 5. Brief Teacher Introduction

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About This Class

Join Sydney artist Shellie for this 16 minute class.  Suitable for beginners, this class guides you through the continuous line drawing technique.  This class uses figures as the drawing subject, with  two different figure poses drawn. The technique works by keeping your pencil on the paper and not lifting it until the drawing is complete, which is the continuous line drawing technique.

This technique is perfect for beginners who may be unsure how to start a drawing, or how to draw at all, as it takes the fear out of the drawing and turns it into an exercise in visual exploration.

It creates interesting and dynamic drawings and can be a technique in its own right or as a starting point or exercise in exploration. Explore line, shape and form through this technique. 

At the end of this class you will have two new drawings to add to your portfolio, a new drawing technique for your art practice and you have a new found confidence in drawing. 

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Shellie Cleaver

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1. Introduction: Hello. My name is Shelly. I'm in Sydney, Australia, and I'm trying is an artist and a painter. I'm really excited to bring you this cost continuous line drawing. This is a technique that makes drawing suitable for everybody. It's a way of getting past that initial feet off the blank page and not know what to do. The basic premise is that you put your pencil in the bull pen on the paper and you don't lift it. Say simply draw and followed shakes you see in front of you. And by doing this, you're actually bring up your approach to drawing and Ukrainian history within the drawing because your pencils tracing way you move across that page. It stopped being too worried about being perfect to worry about making a mistake because you've got lines during everywhere and you're exploring form. So as you're drawing you consider the volume in the shape in the form of what a diesel fuel sketching drawing. So this technique is incredibly useful for all skill levels, and it's a really good way for beginning to gain some confidence with medium off pencil and paper and Teoh to lose fear around starting to draw and gain some confidence. By the end of this class, you'll have a couple of drawings that we've done together, and you'll have started your journey to war, improving your drawing skills if you're in advanced artist. This particular technique offers great opportunity because off the the movement and the complexity of the lines that you get in your touring, and it gives you a richness to work with so you can raise some lines, build more lines up and you have this beautiful echoing history off the drawing being made . Let's get started on account weight. Tiu about those drawing together. Let's go. 2. Drawing 1: So all we need for this project is a pencil and a piece of paper and an image that you want to draw from. You can use the one I've provided all select your own. Now place your pencil on the page and start drawing continuously. The trick is to not remove your pencil from the page. You'll notice a couple of times my pencil accidentally lifts, but as much as possible, keep your pencil on the paper and draw continuously. So that means you have to redraw through parts of the picture to get to other areas. And that's all part of exploring the shapes in what you're looking at while you're drawing , Try to keep in mind aspect, such as proportion, so you may consider how big the head is compared to the torso. You might consider how long the arm would bay and just try and practise looking and and keeping in mind that the proportions as much as possible, should be correct. Because we're drawing figures, we can also explore the muscles in the body and the bones, so part of the lines that you're drawing might explore aspects of the internal parts of a figure human anatomy is a volatile pot or figure drawing. Having some knowledge of human anatomy really helps you when you're looking at a figure and trying to communicate that body by drawing it. Spending some time studying a human skeleton like this will age or drawing the skeleton is the fundamental structure that holds the muscles and and the form or pose of a figure. Que parts of the human skeleton to know about include the head and rib cage. How the spine holds those together, how this connects to the hips and then the two bones in the limbs of the legs and the arms and the structure of the Faten hands. Once you know what parts there are to a human skeleton, you can think about how they can move because they have different ranges of movement, and it enables you to look at a figure in front of you and to actually see what structure is inside of them because of the knowledge you have. One example is a human skull. It has a very specific shape and what you actually understand that shape and the moving components within it, it can really aid you in your drawing because you have some idea of what you're looking at when you look at a person, and in this case, when you look at their head. Once you understand the human skeleton, you can then start to learn about the muscles that attach to those bones because these muscles create that form that we're looking at and drawing. And if you came to keep practicing your figure drawing. Sometimes it's useful to have one of these wooden mannequins where you compose thumb in different positions and practice drawing, even though these aren't anatomically correct in any sense, they do give you a basic structure, and then you can use your knowledge of skeletons and muscles to actually draw in those details and create a figure from the basic shape the mannequin is suggesting. This could be quite challenging, but it is part off the skill of an artist to be able to see mawr than what is in front of them and to imbue their work with detail that may not be apparent or obvious to everyone else so back to our drawing here. So to show you as an example, I'm drawing the lower leg. I'm drawing around the structure of the name. I know the shape of the muscles leading into the fire. And now, considering the structure that is the heat or the pelvis, and how that all the leg comes off by knowing the range of movement and the basic structures, I'm able to draw basically into the shape of the foot. I'm here putting where the ankle might be and, you know, straight up where the shin bone would be around through that knee space. And then I'm thinking about what muscles fit around those bones on the ship. The purpose of this drawing is not for it to be perfect. The purpose is to explore drawing to practice, looking to practice, using a pencil and conveying what you see onto paper. So they're gonna be wobbly lines. They'll be correction lines. There'll be many more lines than you would normally put in a drawing. But this add some life and dynamic qualities to your drawing. It also helps you to stay away from drawing simply outlines, which a lot of beginners tend to do. It emphasizes the the role of drawing in exploring the form, so he were considering the actual three dimensional form off the body and the muscles and the skeletons, and it's okay to use your pencil to trace those out and to to actually draw them on the paper. This encourages exploration of form and in drawing a figure, it actually does help to communicate form. To use your line to trace around a shape, you know, you might draw a line around the thigh to show its actual form, as if the pencil was tracing across the surface of the body. So that's something to consider. While you're drawing, the lines you use can be really vital in conveying form to the viewer. I cannot see that the head that I first drew looks too small for this figure when I look at the legs and the torso. So now I'm just re exploring the lines of the torso, drawing in the shoulder and the arm, just trying to get the proportions correct and ensuring I've got the neck and then redrawing the size of the head in your drawing. Don't hesitate to make corrections as you go 3. Drawing 2: Okay, so this is our second drawing. Quite a dynamic post, which will be a nice challenge for us. So put your pencil onto the page and then start drawing. Choose what part of the figure you'll begin with. First, I usually start with head and then just dragged my pencil along and start tracing out the basic shapes and outlines off that figure and then working and start to find more detail. Start to check the proportions. Where does that knee sit? In relation to the hips. Where does that hand sit in relation to the head. So with this arm, we're now starting to think about the actual shape of it. Drawing these lines around the arm to indicate its actual form could be very helpful in your drawing. This is where you might think about what? Bones, air inside of an arm and what muscles are there. So I'm now starting to consider the actual proportions. And have I actually got the length of the hands in the arms? Correct. I think that that arm was too long. So now shortening it, making quite a few corrections, he on the head and its placement and size this is fine. We're not trying to make a perfect drawing. It's a working drawing. It's a learning experience, and I'm just scribbling and pressing harder on my pencil to make the new lines more dominant than the original lines. So just correct as you go. - So it's helpful when you're doing figure drawing to add markers that indicate the EU, for example, the hairline of the head, where the eyes sit, where the nose and mouth are. These markets help to communicate to your viewer the features of the figure that you're drawing. This translates to all aspects of the body, including the legs drawing in, rethink the bone, maybe, and then adding in where the muscles are and what shape those muscles might bay. So this is what I ended up with after drawing number two. It's quite a bolds, a lot of movement, Screw Billy kind of drawing. But I did get some representation of the post and hopefully you did too. Please share what you did on the project page so we can all see and learn from each other 4. Thanks: Thank you for taking this class on continuous line drawing. I hope you've enjoyed it. As much as I have hope you were able to follow along and create two drawings with this class. If you have any questions, please get in touch because I'm here to help you and I love it. If you'd share photos of what you're drawn on the project page that where we will get to learn together in this classroom. But we've learned new drawing technique of continuous line drawing. We've made to figure drawings based from photographs. And now you have the tools that you name to step into your practice and continue drawing. If you enjoyed the class, please review it. Please share with your friends and please lock it. Don't forget to follow me on school share. I'll see you for the next class. Bye. I've made lots of classes on painting and drawing and water colors, color theory, endless classes feed to take, and you'll find that each one you do your skills will develop and grow. So let's have a look at how to follow me on school Share. Here is the full I button. Click on this and If you hover your mouse over this part here, it'll take you through to my profile as well. Under my profile, you'll see all of the classes I've created, and you'll be able to see the range of classes you could take. So here are highlight a couple of my classes color mixing basics for absolute beginners. Copying the Masters with Shelly Learn to paint. Watch me work. Embrace fear in the creative process. Begin is charcoal drawing How to paint gloss and beginners. Figure drawing gesture. I'm creating new outclasses all the time on. I'm really looking forward to the opportunity to support you as you develop your own creative skills and make your way on your own creative journey. So let's start making stuff. 5. Brief Teacher Introduction: so from a creativity is central to what I do. It really feeds. May I think creativity is vital to our well being and is worth pursuing and is worth investing time in. My name is Shelly. I'm a Sydney based artist, Andi. I work across many mediums. I studied oil painting at the National at School in Sydney. It was a beautiful sandstone jail with a very traditional Italian based structure, so we learned drawing every stage of education. By taking these classes step by step, you'll build your skills, your knowledge and also you experience and confidence. And that's the thing that's worth pursuing, because in the end, you're an artistic practice could really sustain you and sustain your life. So I really hope that these classes help you on your creative journey. And they make doing these creative activities less scary and give you some confidence to move forward in your in practice. Thanks for stopping by. I really hurt my classes of helpful for you. You might even say my to studio assistants Ali and Millie in some of the classes