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Drawing Lines

teacher avatar Amber Wade

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8 Lessons (13m)
    • 1. Introduction

    • 2. Materials

    • 3. Page 1

    • 4. Page 2

    • 5. Page 3

    • 6. Page 4

    • 7. Adding Color

    • 8. Final Touches

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About This Class

In this class I am going over drawing exercises to create black and white abstract lines in a sketchbook. This class is a great warm up exercise. It will help you fill up a few blank sketchbook pages and become more loose and inspired by lines that are present around you. For our lines we will be using a piece of string and the cord from headphones. Any type of string or cord will work including a charger cord for this class. By doing these exercises we are loosening up and getting inspired to create random lines without a reference that are interesting. After filling a few pages in our sketchbook we will select one image to pursue further using a colored medium of our choice.Ā 

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Nature - Jeff KaleĀ 


Morning Tea- Jeff KaleĀ 


Lakey Inspired Days Like TheseĀ 


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1. Introduction: Hi everyone and welcome to my sculpture class or this class, I'm going to be showing ways to fill in pages of your sketchbook, doing black and white line drawings, we're gonna draw inspiration from things like headphones in pieces of string to create these overlapping lines that we're going to then turn into a colorful painting using oil pastels or any type of medium that you choose. So if this is something that you're interested in, I encourage you to go ahead and hop on over to the next video where we can get started. 2. Materials : To begin, I wanted to go over materials real quick just so you know what I'm using and you can have those things out and ready if you want to follow along. You don't have to use the same materials as me. I just wanted to go over them for you. I'm using a sketch book. It's just an inexpensive sketchbook. Majors really thin paper that's good for doing black and white line drawings. It also takes oil pastel very nicely. So that's what I'm going to be using. For that. I also have some string and headphones that I'm gonna be working with. Those are going to be the objects that we're drawing inspiration from for our lines, for Inc and all that stuff. I'm gonna be working with a sharpie marker. I'm using one that has multiple nibs. It has really skinny, fine tip nib. And then at the top it has a thicker, larger marker nip for drawing lift. I also have a pencil for drawing and that's so that I can erase if I wanna do lines where I can take out parts of the area that I've drawn in. And finally, I have some oil pastels which I'm going to be working with these Wrigley nicely in my sketchbook. And I find that it's a medium that it can hold. I also have this Chabris chip marker from art skills that I'm working with as well for fun, I really liked the brush tip effect and the different lines that you can get. But that concludes the materials for this video. You can go ahead and hop on over to the next video where we're going to start the first exercise. 3. Page 1: To begin, I want you to flip to a blank paging or sketchbook. Or if you're working on paper, you can just work on that. And you're gonna take your pieces of string if you have like a little ball of string or yarn and just lay that across onto the page somewhere. I'm going to do it on my left side of my page so that I can draw on my right side of the page. So I just have the string, I just kinda let it layout and it kinda formed its own overlapping. And I'm just going to draw out what I see. Basically kind of retracing these lines and trying to draw them semi accurately, but not really focusing on them being the exact same. Just kind of drawing what I think is interesting, which, which has all these different loops and the ways of the string kind of goes on top of each other and weaves into itself. For this drawing, you can really keep it simple. You don't have to have like a whole bunch of lines overlapping on each other. So I really focused on using only a tiny bit of restring and just getting a few lines that kind of go across. It should only take a few seconds. And then what I want you to do next is keep the string setup that you have laid out somewhere on your table or on the other shot of your sketch book as you go into the next video, because I'm going to show you something else that you can do with it. 4. Page 2: So I hope everything went well with your first drawing and that you continue the setup that you had from earlier. So instead of flipping over to the next page, what we're gonna do is take that string that we have laid out and we're going to trace the lines directly underneath the string. So I'm just taking my pencil in, tracing some of the lines that I want. Just kind of going in and drawing beside it. You can also draw, if you can get the pencil underneath, you can draw underneath it. But you're just going to trace over these lines and it's kinda like you're doing a stencil and you're just falling the mapping that you've already made out, Ron laying this string onto your paper. And this is another way to kind of have that design. If you don't wanna have to eyeball it and draw it out if you want the dimensions to be pretty similar. And this is a great step in process that you can do for this. And once I've drawn all of it out and I have all the lines that I need. I can take the string off and I have a tracing of this line. It's really mapped out. And I can just go over it again with my pencil to darken in some of the areas and try to remember how I traced it out the first time. Now that we have the soup page is complete, you can go ahead and go on over to the next video where we'll be doing this process with a pair of headphones instead of string this time. 5. Page 3: For this next exercise, what we're gonna do is just start off tape down one page in your sketch book, just so that it doesn't open up while the string is laying on top of it. That's something that you can do. And what we're gonna do is take our string of our choice. I'm gonna work with headphones from now on because it's a little bit weightier and I like that it has a lot more string to it. And it just kind of wraps in bins around itself and is very coiling. So what I'm doing and what you can do to fall along is take your headphones or whatever string material you're using in late down on one side of your page. Again, this time I wanted more of a slender line versus something that filled up the whole page. I'm just kind of drawing that line out with my marker to kind of mimic some of the shapes. I'm not really focused on keeping the same proportions as the original line is. I just want to go in and take your marker and just draw what you see. For this next page, we're going to, again kinda follow the steps and layout our string or your material onto your paper. You can kind of play around with it and get different shapes from it until you have something that you're interested in. And then you can go in another time and retrace this with your marker. Once again, we're just kind of getting these different shapes and lines onto our page so that we have some different ones to choose from. I encourage you to do some of these without actually looking at the paper. Because these are just exercises you don't actually have to look at what you're drawing. You can do them blind contours where you're just drawing what ISI, but not actually knowing where your lines are going. I think that's an interesting process for you to try out. But for this one right here, instead of using a regular marker, I'm gonna be taking my brush tip marker because it just has a different type of line weight to it. And I'm going to be drawing out this line again that I'm seeing, really tracing out all the different spots that are on my left side of my paper. And for this one with the headphones, I really made the point to use most of the head phone lines inside of the piece, instead of only picking out certain parts of the headphones, I wanted to really lay all of it onto my piece of paper and draw it out. So these are just a few exercises that you can try out. I encourage you to just lay your string out on your papers. See what different ways you can intertwine it together to get interesting lines that can be led into a sketch and then turned into a painting or a larger drawing. 6. Page 4: Hi everyone. So this next page is more of a extra bonus I guess that you can do. And for this one, I'm starting off with a quick warm-up of drawing the lines, looking at the actual string to kind of inspire what lines and drawing on my page. But once you've done this, what I think is really interesting and a good step three to take is to not look at the string as a reference and just draw some lines the overlap into each other herself. One thing that I find helps when I'm just imagining these lines and not actually studying lines on something, is listening to music. That's something that can really be helpful seeing to calming music tends to have looser, really slow lines. While if it's a more energetic song, you'll have more quick lines. But it's good to play around with this and destroy your own lines. So I want you to do on one page, a line that doesn't connect, it can go off the page as it's ending. And then on your left piece of paper, I encourage you to do a line that's continuous. And what I mean by that is that you can keep drawing the line for however long you like. But at the end I want you to connect it to the place where you started. So you have a filled in shape full of lines that overlap and entwined, creating these interesting different shapes in sections that you can later fill in with color, which is what we're gonna do in the next video. 7. Adding Color : Now that we've done some of these drawings exercises, you should have a few pages filled with black line art or penciled in lines. Why I want you to do is go through your pages and find which ones you seem to think are the most interesting. For mine, I found a page that I thought could be revised a tiny bit. So I went in with a marker and just added onto the line and that's something that you can do. You see the line a feel like it's not complete, like you could add something on top of it. Then I encourage you to grab your marker or pencil or some type of utensil and add onto it on this one, I'm just going to fill in a little bit, filling in the area I wanted to connect my line because it wasn't connected. And that ends up creating all these different shapes that I could color in, which is what we're gonna do now that we've picked which one we're going to use. So go ahead and pick which page you want to use to color in. And then if you're working on your sketchbook paper and you're going to be using a different material, like watercolors are acrylic. You may want to trace your drawing onto a different piece of paper that sturdier. I'm going to be using oil pastels. You could also use colored pencils and that type of thing. So I don't need to redraw my line onto a different type of paper I can just color in my sketch book. And for this, I'm just filling in each shape with a different color of my choice. So the rest of this video is just me coloring in my page. And you can follow along and clearing your page as well with me. I sped it up because it took a little bit longer than you probably would run on a watch. But if you want, you can go ahead and click on over to the next video after you finished your piece. And I'll talk about a little final stuff that I'm doing in just a little bit of the voucher information for you guys. It's less insulin stays the same. 8. Final Touches : As a final step for this piece, as you can tell, some of the black lines got erased as I coloured over it with oil pastels, depending on your medium, you may end up covering some of your lines. So what I like to do is go over with my black oil pastel as a final touch just to fill in some of the lines that I lost because I coloured over it. And that really concludes the process for this project where we started off with a blank page of paper and a piece of string and headphones and read you in some lines. And that kind of lead us towards making our own lines that kind of go over and intertwining to each other. And then you were able to decide which piece you wanted to use to then fill in with color. So I encourage you to go in and alter some of the other pages that you made. You can go in and fill those in with color, or you can take these lines and let them inspire something else. I ended up using the inspiration of one of these lines on top of another painting that I did. I was working with a gradient for another sculpture video and I ended up drawing those lines on top of that gradient. But I hope this video was helpful in this class was fun for you guys and you filled in some more pages in your sketch book. Be sure to share your work. I'd love to see what you made. I'd love to see your projects and your sketch book pages you can share on skill share, and you can share images on Instagram at Sherry studios if he's liked to have me see what you've made. Well, that concludes the skill sure. Class. I'll see you guys in the next one and I just wanna thank you guys for watching. Goodbye.