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Improve Your Drawings With Better Linework | Drawing Fundamentals

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11 Lessons (1h 8m)
    • 1. Class Trailer

    • 2. Don't do this

    • 3. Learn this one thing before all

    • 4. Practice your new skill

    • 5. Great horizontal lines

    • 6. Great vertical lines

    • 7. Straight lines control

    • 8. The 3 main shapes for curves

    • 9. The class project

    • 10. Class project demo

    • 11. Final Thoughts

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Good lines matter because lines are the core essence of a drawing piece.

In summary drawing is just the accumulation of many different lines. Without good lines, there are not good shapes, and without any of both well placed, there can’t be successful drawing.

Good line control will make drawing so much easier to do! it will look sharper, cleaner, and overall well made. You just need to learn how to sharp the axe before cutting with it!

So! What are you waiting for? Go get your stuff and, let's get started!


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1. Class Trailer: What's up, guys? And welcome to this drawing fundamental class, online control. In this class, I want to teach you how to improve your quality and the kind of control you have over your line word. By doing simple and easy to do exercises and understanding what are the common mistakes we tend to make when we do not pay enough attention to it. Creating more confidence, saving a lot of time, and erasing less. This class goes for everyone that likes to drop from beginner to advanced artists and only to have any kind of previous experience. By the end of the class, you'll know how to make your drawings cleaner and overall well made. My work is something that is usually taken for granted, but when conscious about it, you may show a lot more expertise. So what are you waiting for? Let's get started. 2. Don't do this: Great. The first thing that I would like to talk about is beginner mistakes. Once the kind of beginner mistakes that everyone usually makes when they are learning how to draw. So the most common one is to see a lot of short lines to try to describe a form. Here's a conqueror of a face and look how finery it looks, not only on the quality of this drawing itself, but how much confidence it is promoting a new, these kind of line work will affect you. So if you are constantly seeking with these kind of line work for something, just to describe a line that could be described it this way. You're always going to feel unsecure. You're always going to feel that you need to reinforce over and over something to be achieved. The other kind of line work that I usually see on the inner artist is one that is super loop. And this kind of language creates a lot of dirtiness. As you can see. 3. Learn this one thing before all: Okay guys, before going ahead with all of the class exercises that have prepared, I want you to now make a drawing Boston class and make a drawing of whatever you would like to do. I highly suggest that you do draw something that you love, a character that you love from your favorite and TV series or manga, whatever. And make sure that these drawings easier for you. And depending on your experience, it will go right. But tried to select something that you feel that is not going to be intimidating for you and join with your occur in the skew level. Once you have finished that drawing, you're going to set it apart and you're going to pause this video and continue with the class. Please make sure that you don't skip this step of the process because this is part of your class project, which I will be explaining mattered at the end of the class, having said that previous, let's go with a simple exercise for you to store Santa kind of control you're applying to the pressure that you may be applying for your outward. So what I want you to do is to please follow me on this demonstration. Just grab a bands hill and your sketchbook or just a loose sheet of paper. And follow only by doing the same as how you do. Because knowledge is nothing without action. All right? You won't make these knowledge part the view unless you're going to apply all of the exercises that are going to be the scribe it in this class. So first you're going to trace a very light line and then live in somehow these kind of space plays the strongest line that you can possibly make. After that between each other, you're going to place intuitively a pressure that will go between the lightest pressure that you can ever apply on the strongest one. All right, great. So we're calling this one, would call it this five. And we're calling this tree. After that, we're just going to feel these two spaces. We'd also the kind of pressure that will be in between them. So between 13, which are the softest kind of pressure that you can apply, and then neutral or medium kind of pressure that you can apply if your pumpers to these you're going to apply to. We're not focusing right now on decline of quality of the line work. Where merrily trying to identify how much pressure you are applying over your surface. Now in between 35, we wanted to apply a very strong stroke, but not as strong as five. And we're going to call these four. So this simple exercise is for healthy, you start identifying which is the kind of pressure that you're applying. So if you are applying soup or some kind of thresher, he's going to be conquered producing. Because drawings with these kind of pressure at the end where you want to render them to be a final piece are not going to look as good as another drawing them will display much more contrast over the surface. These also, he's not promoting a new confidence because you still feel afraid of placing strokes over your surface. If you are going to apply these kind of fresher. 4 and 5, this is going to be too much is stiff. So I've seen these on his students that I've taught personally. And I've seen that there are risks and their hands are very strong when applying this kind of line work. And what these slides is. Of course, not only to be confident, feeling unsecured, but to give in a lot of different worldliness, wantonness. So you're out of work. Also to not have control over your own intention. Because if you're always placing everything to is strong and only the quality of your artwork will be affected. But you won't be able to control your hand. How much control you are having over there line work, you're applying. These sounds pretty silly, bad when drawing is not at all. If you do have control over your line work, you'll be free to actually draw corresponding to your intention. Another aspect of drawing like this is that you will also have struggled with your surface. So if your were to draw a sketch book or a notebook, depending on how thick your paper is. Your will help a lot of trouble because you may damage you. You may break the paper. And maybe if you have another drawing on the back of that paper is going to be damaged. We don't want to damage any offered previous heart. So these kind of line work is very dangerous. Alright? So what I want you to start seeking is that if you are in-between these kind of linework, to start searching to achieve these kinds of flour. So here is what is good. All right. This is the decidable kind of language that we should aim to apply. One, like two, that is very soft, but you still have control over it. Or one like tree that is in neutral must control kind of pressure that you can apply over here surface. Because it will give you free control on your line work. You would have to clear indention and you will be able to correspond to your linework, requiring attention to draw good line work. Now, we're going to make a simple exercise. So your body understands this concept. One thing is that you understanding rationally. Your mind just got the idea. And another dean is stupid that into action. So what we're going to do is we're going to grab another piece of paper. We're going to divide it into thirds, which are going to leave nine different spaces. Tried to make them evenly. Not a senior if you don't achieve it that way. Let's just try to do this accurate as possible. And don't worry about the kind of line that you're applying. You feel it's wildly. Or if it's not as perfect as you wish, That's fine. So when we're going to do is we're just simply went to repeat it. What do we have just learned? And we're going to start plays in the five levels of pressure. So you start identifying them all by the kind of line work that you've been applying to it now. So that way you're going to make your mind conscious, your hand conscious. What's the kind of language that you're applying? And so you will have the chance to now select the kind of line work that you do one for Apply. All right, so starting from the South, this line that you can possibly make to the strongest one with a very dense, very stiff hand. Make sure that when drawing these kind of line, you have something underneath your piece of paper because you may damage what you have lying behind. Then between these two, you're going to place the neutral kind of pressure, which is tree. Now we go to, we go with four. So I'm just going to proceed to fail the batch and please make sure that you are going to do the same. Before jumping straight to the next video lesson of this class. And then we'll get to the surface to look for rules, which is great. So far you now have a better understanding of how the line pressure works. By now, your body's should have understood matter, how it is to draw very soft lines. Soft does you can basilar mate and very strong lengths, the strongest, you can possibly make it bad way to start working out your wrist and your hint. Coordinated well enough with your mind. So you do now have a better way to go, a better way to proceed where you are not doing things mindlessly. But you now know that you should be aiming to kind of line work that will manifest on the long run. Your final results. 4. Practice your new skill: Great. So what we're going to do now is to practice the level of pressure that you will live to go with. You may choose from to and try to being a soft level of pressure. But it's strong enough to have clarity on your outward and confidence under our word tree. When the neutral one that will display more vibrancy, that will be more looking to the eye. But we'll also be confidence same as the previous. So this Wilbur Wright, depending on your personality, if you want your drawings to look lighter or darker, That's completely up to you. Just make sure that every stroke that you're placing, the kind of pressure that you're applying, your being conscious about it because you're controlling it. It's not something random. So this is a very simple exercise. And why we're going to do is that we're going to lose her hands in her wrist and arm. And we're going to place just wavy lines. We're going to create a GI and doodle. You don't have to do it exactly as I'm drawing it in here. But please make sure that you're leaving a space between each shape that this line is created. Okay? So you're going to feel now inside different kind of linework. I will start by filling in here. They are going to lines. And remember the whole point of this exercise. Is a star now practicing consciously in a lot of pressure that you are now applied. And that you will find a future to the linework of all of your data work. At this stage. Don't worry about the quality of each line and just focus on the quality of the pressure you're applying. That's enough. Please make sure that the language that you are putting into their paper is going to have a lot of variation. Very horizontals, lines, wavy lines, every kind of blind. Because these also serving us as a way to start preparing ourselves. Warming up. For the next video lessons of the class. I'm going to add a little bit of more shaping here, so I have more variation. To make different language. You can see a freely rotated vapor if they need to. So it helps me to achieve the kind of line that I'm looking for. One more time, please make sure you're applying the kind of pressure that you are now conscious about. Maybe you don't want to apply it in your language. Not just plays random lines that make each line very conscious. Great. That's it for this video lesson. Let's see you in the other part of the class. 5. Great horizontal lines: Let's talk about these straight lines now. So if you are going to draw a horizontal line that is short, the most broadly is that you won't have any trouble of doing it. But the longer you make them, you will probably face the struggle. Which is, it will be our king curve in the longer it is. So what happens in here is that most of us usually go and use only the wrist to draw. And so our wrist movement is circular. So that's why we create lines. Now there are akin to the longer they are. So to solve this, it's enough to just, I'm going to use a red color to add some contrast. Think about lines. Using your whole arm as a compact tool. So you're going to use your hand, your wrist, and your forearm. All is a compact tool. And I'm going to use it like this. But you're going to use it like this. All right? All of these is a compact tool. So the longer you make a line, you will barely phase these kind of trouble. Okay? Minds are not going to be perfect, but they are going to be of high quality. So after a very simple exercise that I would like you guys to do, so follow me by doing the same as I do. All right, The first thing we're going to do is just to divide this piece of paper into thirds. Alright? Three even parts tried to make them as even as possible. If they don't come out as you wish they would, It's fine. Just proceed and use it. So we're going to fail the street columns with a bunch of line work. And so we will be placing horizontal ones. Please try to make this space between each line evenly like this. And if you have some missteps, let's say the diagonal line or a wonky line. It's fine. Just keep on making the exercise. Don't stop. The key. Learning how to draw lines as straight lines. If it is horizontal or vertical, is that you keep base. If you're able to keep base or a drawing them. We're going to make this almost natural. And your confidence on the Rhine them will also boost. You're not going to be drawing like this or like this, or like this. You will have good results. Also, this kind of exercise has been made for you to improve. And it's completely fine that you don't have this kind of line work right now, that you are not able to achieve it perfect right away. So it's completely normal. It's part of the drawing process that your linework is not perfect right now. But by following these kinds of practices that we are doing in this class, you're going to be improving. Now we're going to grab another piece of paper. And this time we're just going to divide it into two even spaces. Again, it's fine if it's not perfect. And we're also going to fill this by thinking now, on our hand or wrist or forearm, all is a compact tool. And keep the base. If you do have to rotate your paper just like I'm doing it, feel free to do it too. It helps a lot to have very controlling your linework rate. Now let's move to the final part of this exercise. So what we're going to do now is just to fill the whole page. We'd only horizontal is straight lines. These may be the most challenging for you. But the whole point of these to help you. So if your lines are in an upcoming perfect right away, just keep on practicing. These exercises are meant for you not to only do this on this class, but the storage them and have them as a source to come back to. Anytime you feel you need to improve your linework. Anytime you feel you need to practice, okay. You do messed up. Just continue. It's fine. When learning how to draw these kind of line work. You shouldn't be thinking about not perfection but improvement. So you can see in here that my lines are not perfect neither by Bayer helping me do have control over my own line work. So even if they're not as straight as possible, when it comes about drawing straight lines, I will have a much higher final result than the average person. So this is it for this part of the lesson. Now let's see you on the other video, where we will learn how to draw a straight vertical lines. 6. Great vertical lines: Great guys. But another piece of paper, we're going to do the same, but in an opposite way. I'm going to divide these piece of paper into thirds and tried to make these as, even as possible. I'm not worrying about the quality of these lines. It's just fine how the will come up and what you're willing to do analogies. So exercise is to fill the streets apps with just a straight vertical lines. As straight as you can make. This suddenly stops. That's fine. To keep on drawing. As we did with the previous exercise. Keep the face. Don't worry about how fast you are, okay. The speed comes nature with practice and experience. Instead, focus on trying to keep the base. How fast you become at this will be naturally developed by your own experience. Now let's go and are decent paper and divided into, and what I will do is use the same. Let's just feel it the same. Remember, it's fine if you are not making it at the same pace I'm doing it. Or if you're not having the same results you would like to use is a guide for you to practice. And now the final part of this lesson, we're going to fill the whole page with vertical lines. Remember such a graph, vertical lines. It will be battered if you use your whole arm as a compact tool. And there you have it. So far, you should have improved the quality of your line work, especially now and it's straight lines. Now, let's proceed to see how the other is straight lines could be made and to gain control over making them as best as possible. Let's learn how to draw a diagonal lines. 7. Straight lines control: Okay, in these new exercise, I wanted to show you a way to start improving the kind of control you have on your line work. So what I want you to do is just to follow me on these exercises as always. And place two dots in from a to B. You're going to be connecting. The two dots would align. Its fine if it doesn't come up. Got these line is not connecting these dots exactly, but just shrink to make it as accurate as possible. So what we're going to do is to fill the entire page with a lot of the friend lines on a lot of different directions. Especially for helping you to keep on developing your confidence, your line quality, and your line control. So you're going to place horizontals, verticals, and diagonals everywhere. Okay, For now I'm going to leave it like this. And what I want you to do once you have reached to this point is to start drawing over each line at least 10 times. So again, from point a to point B, you're going to be practicing. They control you have over your straight lines. So 123456, 789101, more time. N times. Speed comes naturally with practice. And if you see that I'm more skillful with this is because I've practiced at this and have much more experience on drawing much more than you. One thing that I want you to look forward is to make these line as thick as possible because it increases thickness. If you are going over. But you're not being able to make the line accurate. But if you do this same line over and nowhere on the same path you previously trace, it's going to be less thick. That way. You can focus more on the quality and the control you are applying to your linework. So this kind of exercise can be done with all sorts of sizes. I've done these lines on the short and medium length, but you can also delete them very long lens. And if you would like to feel another entire page, we'd longer to live only focusing on a longer lens. That's up to you. But right now just note that these kind of exercise where you are going to be connecting dots. And after that you're going to be drawing over and all work. The same line will be your aid for improvement on thinking about this free glides, which are highly important. I said drawing fundamental. You will be constantly using in all sorts of drawings. So I'm going to speed up this video to complete all these phage, which I will also be waiting you to finish it. And after completed this exercise, let's first see to the other video lesson of the class. 8. The 3 main shapes for curves: Now the only thing that we need to practice is how to draw curvy lines. Because we need to be able to correspond our intention with our hand, 100 strokes in any kind of situation. So for this exercise, we're going to kill a complete page. And what you're going to do this the first place, two dots. And then create any of these three shapes. Yes. So let's say this time I would like to go with the S. All right. Now let's say this time I would like to go, we did use you don't have to be attached to drawing them exactly as a ladder. But the letters are just a way to refer to them to be able to identify these kind of variations. But what you're going to do is to kind of factors into the different shapes that can be made by following this kind of behavior. So this is another variation from the S-shaped and this is another variation from the C-shape. So please feel all of this page by placing two dots and different directions. I'm placing a lot of different shapes based on these three shapes. By doing it, following your intuition in trying to make them as late as possible. Seeing here how these four lines are creating different shapes based on the S1 or it here. How I'm creating the Jushi. It's fine if you're not always linking the dots Exactly. The dots are just a guide for us to start setting our intentions and to develop our control. So don't get too attached to them. If you aren't enough Venus exact as possible. It's fine. There's just a point of reference for you to keep on practicing and sell, to keep on improving. Great, once we have completed this page, we're now going to feel another one. But this time we are going to send a query invention of wild. We're going to do not simply just going to connect that. Well, we went to eat mindfully. So an example would be, I'm going to connect these three dots by doing this arc shape. Okay? So for this exercise, I would like you to use three to five dots. In the previous one, we only use two. For this one we're going to use this place, this tree. And so I wanted to correspond to the intention of making a mark. And that's what I'm going to do without pressure and keeping pace. Now let's say I do want to connect this like this. And so that's what I'm going to do. Let's say now I want to connect this one's like this, like a C-shape. So you're going to feel this homepage. But please remember that all of the lines that you are going to drop by connecting these dots are going to be drawn by setting a clear intention of what you want to draft before. Just like I'm demonstrating. Now let's proceed to the next video where I'll be explaining what's the class project for this class. 9. The class project: Okay guys, Now let's go with the class project. So remember at the first video lessons of the class where I told you you could select something to draw, easy to draw, such as I'm not very intimidating character. Now, what you're going to do is to redraw it. This time. You're going to do it after having finished with all of the exercises that we just learned throughout the whole class. The way you're going to see in action, all of the control that you have gained over your language. So what I want you to do is to now put in practice, although what you have learned, such as being conscious about your pressure, drawing straight lines like verticals and horizontals, diagonals, and also curved lines. The next video lesson is a demonstration of the class project where I'll be showing what's the kind of mindset that I have, my thinking on all of the different topics that we just learned. So it's up to you. You may go and do the class project before watching it. Or if you feel you will like to see my approach first, then go ahead, watch the next video. And after that, complete your class project. 10. Class project demo: Now I want to exemplify what's the kind of mindset that you should be having to apply on your class project. How all of the topics that we previously learned throughout the whole class are going to be applied in a way we put them all together so you understand them all, how they are going to be improving the kind of line work and the quality of your line work when you're actually drawing. So you can start making these knowledge part of you. So the first thing that I want you to understand is that your lines don't have to be perfect. Alright? There's no need for you to make all the lines right away. But you can still make a silhouette by excluding different lines together. Okay, just like he did. So the first thing that this allows us, it's still really for ourselves to fill in that everything should be perfect. That you're looking to make things as best as possible. And not on perspection. Okay? As you can see in here, as I said previously, theories is completely fine in this part of the drawing process. So you shouldn't feel guilty if you need to erase. Seen here how all of the kind of lines that we learned previously are being placed together. They are nouns, curves, as shaves, see shapes, U-shapes, all kinda. Another very important thing that you must think always when making your class project. And so putting all of this knowledge together for future drawings is the pressure you're applying or read your surface. Please never lose sight that the kind of pressure you're putting exceeds its decison arise. Because pressure, as learned previously, is what sets the kind of competence then you also have withdrawn. If you feel free to drop, you're probably going to make very light strokes are very strong strokes. And that is also going to limit the kind of strokes you're going to make. And we don't want to be limited. We want our drawings to correspond to what we have on our heads. So that's super important. So remember, pay attention to their pressure. There is no need to feel that you need to achieve perfection. Rather. Thinks is best as you can possibly make them. All right, you can see in here a lot of different libraries and different kinds of lines that we just learned in the previous lessons. So I'm just going to sign off here with red color. See all these kind of diagonal lines, curvy lines. You can find it here. The U-shape that we learn from this had chin and shadows. All of the different diagonal lines. See how all of the different line work. You can find in here. Corresponds to the different exercises where we weren't getting ready to drop. So when I make these more evident, and I'm going to draw the same character on how different it should have been from this one that we just made. So same as the first demonstration. If I were to draw super loose, super to speak lines, I will be averaged thinking the whole time. You can see in here that this drawing comes right away and we get messy. It feels harsh. And if I were to make this drawing with the other kind of language that we learn with short lines, it will still fill. So now that you know that this is the kind of line work that won't be serving you to draw better. Now half a guide to know where you should be going, where you should be aiming to go in, how to actually get there. You're going to fold the page for making them more obvious. What's the kind of line work that you would like to have in your network. 11. Final Thoughts: Alright guys, thank you for completing the class. I hope that all of these exercises and all the knowledge that I had to transfer to You have been of help to help improve. Now, I would like to give you some advice that maybe I wasn't clear enough on the previous videos. So the first one, always take your time on drawing. You may have seen a lot of speed of videos on all of the video lessons of the class. And probably, you may also seem that I may be a skillful on drawing certain kind of lines different than you. And this is just because I've been practicing these exercises focusing on this specific topic more time than you. So what I want you to think about is that you need to give yourself time to improve. You need to allow your own process and to make that happen, you must not brush yourself. You must always do things, taking your time on doing it and away you allow your own process so you keep on getting better at your own pace. You shouldn't be trying to be like me. Instead, you should be trying to take this knowledge and make it yours, so please don't rush your process. Another thing I would like to talk about is you don't need to make all of these exercises perfect. If you look carefully, neither I was able to make it perfect. These kind of exercises are meant for you, helping you improve. So what you should be thinking when approaching them and making them is to do your best and make it as good as possible. Every time to repetition, you're going to get better to the point that it may become Sunday. Second nature, it's not about perfection, but it's about improvement. Now, I would like to make some disclaimer on something that wasn't very clear at the beginning of the class, which is, this class has been made and the specific way to approach drawing where you're not going to be making under drawings and neither direct drawing. And this kind of approach is you focusing on making almost a render final piece. And this is not a rule at all. All artists are free to choose the way they would like to go with. I don't want you to think that there is only one way and that mine is the only one that is correct. Instead, I just want to share what I think it's very well and what I think that is going to be helping you to get better at drawing and get better at your work by knowing how to control your intention and by knowing how to control your lines. So you can take all of this and benefit the must. Finally, the last advice that I would like to give you guys is that at the end of this class, you shouldn't worry about being a master of your line work. She'll feel glad that now you have enough resources and tools to keep on improving the kind of control you have to keep seeking to make your art veteran, which all of these tools are given to you for you to practice them enough and come back to them anytime you feel you need to improve any of these aspects. It's just a matter of seeing this as something that you can get back to. Because let's be honest, only practice is what is going to make you get better at something. Again, thank you for taking this class. And I hope that all of this has been helpful for you. See you on another class. You can also find me on my personal articles on Instagram and Twitter. I may not be uploading a lot of art right now. But if you liked the class, there might be interested in things and counter for you to see in the future. There are a lot of reference pictures that I have gathered for my own status that may be of help for you to expand your visual library. Meconium artists find inspiration and learn from different tutorials. You can find them all on my Pinterest profile, which you can click below in the description. And finally, don't forget to leave a review if you found this class useful to follow me. If you want to say, update it to all of the new classes that will becoming or to ask me anything if you need any help. I'm always happy to help. Thank you guys and see you next time.