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Lines & Proportions

skill building

Take these assignments seriously. Practicing the skills and sense of proportion is very important for an artist. More you practice - better you get.

Print the worksheets as many times as you like. And practice, practice....

Then apply these skills to draw the following designs:



Design 1

First - look at the design that you are copying.

Divide it into quadrants. Use your pencil as a measuring tool.

If the design is symmetrical - draw the center line first.

Note where the design is divided into 2 even parts: horizontally and vertically.

This is what you should draw on your paper:

Dividing the top part of the design into two even parts will define the height of the two petals:

If you divide the second section in half - you will get the widest part of the design:

Also mark where the curves of the petals cross the division lines.

Now look at the bottom part. It is made out of multiple parts that are relatively small.

Usually, dividing in half or in thirds will help you determine the major elements.

Dividing the bottom part into 3 parts will make it easy to add these little elements to the design.

Divide each segment for planning out the design.

Always look for the corresponding elements.

That includes the width of the elements too. See how far the leaves should go....

Design 2

Compare the width and height of the design.

Draw a rectangle.

Divide the rectangle into two halves.

Divide the center line into thirds.

The leaves take 2/3 of the areas. Draw the lines as shown.

Use your pencil to determine the directions of the leaves.

Mark the points where leaves will cross the borderlines.

Draw the main curve. Pay attention to where the curve starts (center) and ends (center), also, it goes through the center in the middle of the design.

Continue working by adding more details.