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skill building

by JuliannaKunstler.com

Take these assignments seriously.

Practicing the line-drawing skills is very important for an artist.

More you practice - better you get.


Line drawing is a skill that can be developed with practice.

Line drawing is a primary skill for any drawing.

Each line has length, direction, start and end points, and other characteristics.

The common mistake in line drawing is "hairy" or "chicken-scratch" approach.

Learn to avoid it.

Ghost lines

Ghost lines (or air drawing) is a technique that will help you develop clean line drawing skill and get a feel of line's length and direction.

Holding your pencil over a paper, follow the direction of a line that you are attempting to draw. Do it a few times - back and forth. Then draw the actual line with the same hand motion.

Draw a few parallel lines. At this point your hand will "know" how to work the muscles for this particular line and you will notice that it gets easier to draw it.

Draw 2 sets of start and end points.

Carefully and slowly connect the first two with a straight line.

Before you draw the second line - practice the air drawing a few times. Then draw the line with one stroke.

Did you notice the difference?

The same air drawing technique can be used to complete shapes and find missing corners.

Do over each existing line with "Ghost" drawing until you get the feel of it.

Then move your hand and air-draw the missing line.

Then draw the actual lines.

Practice more shapes and lines.


Practice more line drawing.

Copy the lines from the left into the outlined area.

Try to keep proportions and directions.

Utilize air drawing technique.

First, look at the lines.

Divide them mentally into groups. What would be the logical way to group them?

Designate area for each group.

Mark start and end points.

Air draw each line before drawing. Get a feel for direction and length.

Draw the lines lightly.

mirror drawing

Print this worksheet or draw your own.

Use a colored marker or a highlighter for this exercise.

When we talk about memories, we often mean memories of facts or events:

  • When is your grandmother's birthday?
  • What is that actor's the name?
  • What is your friend’s phone number?
  • What is the capital of France?

There is another kind of memory that is largely unconscious, but very important.

We learn and remember essential skills, such as walking, using chopsticks, or riding a bicycle.

The mirror-tracing activity is a visual and motor test that involves learning a new motor skill.

The task is:

Move a pencil to trace the given design while looking at your hand only as a reflection in a mirror.

Drawing is a learned skill that requires visual and proprioceptive feedback to control muscle movement.

By concentrated effort, can we overcome a reversed visual field and follow new rules?

Can we learn these new rules and improve with practice?

Once you are done - practice more:

Try writing your name in cursive, and then trace in while looking in a mirror...

blind contour drawing

The blind contour drawing exercise is a fundamental tool that can help beginning artists create their first drawings, as well as help experienced artists become reacquainted with the power of observation.

The method seems simple.

But it helps artists of all levels improve their observational skills by instructing them to look at the lines, shapes and patterns of objects and how they combine to form what we see.

The physical act of drawing consists mostly of developing hand-eye coordination. Anyone who can write legibly has the physical ability to record observations of a subject through drawing

To get started, you will need:

  • Paper
  • Pencil or pen
  • A timer

Once you have the right supplies:

  1. Choose a subject to draw — still-life objects or the figure work well for this exercise
  2. Set the timer for 20 minutes.
  3. Tape the paper to your drawing surface so it doesn’t shift as you draw.
  4. Arrange yourself so you can see the object you will be drawing without seeing the paper.
  5. Focus your eyes on some part of the object and begin moving your pencil to record what your eyes observe.
  6. Do not look down at the paper as your draw. Rather, force yourself to concentrate on how the shapes, lines, and contours of the object relate to one another.
  7. Continue observing and recording until the timer rings

“Although this exercise can be difficult at first. With practice and perseverance, it will become easier and you will learn to shift your thinking from an analytical, labeling mode to one that is more intuitive.”

Start practicing with copying existed linear drawing.

Then switch to a real object.

Look around. Pick one.

credits: http://how-to-sketch.com, artistsnetwork.com, biointeractive.com