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Lines & Mark Making: Drawing Instruction IV

| 16 May, 2013 21:24

Let's take it back to the basics: Mark Making. 

 

Today, for this lesson, you will need a pencil, a piece of paper; at least the following size:11"X14", a ruler or straight edge and yourself ready to draw. 

 

You can use a mark making apparatus other than a pencil if you prefer. I prefer sharpies, sometimes, over a pencil as they have a certain sense of permanence which lends to the quality of this exercise. So, if you want to challenge yourself grab a sharpie because it exudes the requirement that you realize that you cannot erase any of the marks you made. 

 

You are welcome to, first, do the warm up exercises explained in Instruction I, if you feel it necessary---it is a good practice to keep---

OR you can negate them in this lesson as the lesson will essentially be a warm up and rendering session in one. 

 

First, take a moment to read this entry from Sophia.org which features many tutorials for all subjects. Specifically, you will need to read this tutorial before you begin: http://www.sophia.org/elements-of-art-line-tutorial 

 

 As an alternate to the warm up indicated in Drawing Instruction I, you can move your pencil around on a different piece of paper while reading the above tutorial. 

 

You can stop reading before the heading "Expressive Qualities of Line" because, for now, I simply want you to focus on the types of lines that are possible.

 

Look at your paper and decide, first, how you will deal with 4 types of line making. You can divide the paper up into 4 separate boxes or you can randomly draw different lines around the entire surface of the paper.

 

The explanation in the tutorial about actual and implied lines is for informational purposes; background. Your first plan of action should be to make the following types of lines without a preconceived notion of how your drawing will eventually end up looking:

 

Types of Lines:

 

1. Geometric or, otherwise known as, in-organic lines.

 

a. Draw shapes: Circles, squares, triangles, simple lines

 

b. Take some time to realize a part of the tutorial - link copied above – explains that a line is what connects two points. Make points by drawing two dots and connect the dots using a ruler.

 

 c. Also, take some time to realize that for the purposes of this exercise a point or dot is also considered an ‘in-organic line’. This notion will be useful after you read below.

 

d. Fill up the paper with as many in-organic lines until you feel satisfied.

 

Keep in MIND: We will come back to this and each succesive line (below) within this exercise, so, if you think of more lines to make later you can come back an fill them in. For now, keep your attention on each line I describe and make those lines until you feel satisfied. 

 

 2. Organic lines

 

 a. Draw some spontaneous lines – close your eyes, even, and use your imagination of what you are drawing to guide you.

 

b. Think about nature: plants, the human figure, animals, etc

 

c. Use your thoughts of nature to also inspire your line making.

 

 

3. Horizontal, Vertical and Diagonal lines

 

 a. Use your straight edge to fill in the paper with these types of lines.

 

 b. Take a moment to reflect on the concept, as explained in the tutorial, that each of these types/directions of lines convey a different emotion.

 

c. Be mindful when drawing these lines of the respective concept outlined for each type :

 

                i.      Horizontal – a sense of peacefulness, vastness and constancy

 

                ii.      Vertical – Alert attentiveness

 

                iii.      Diagonal – Action. Dynamism and vitality

 

 4. Descriptive Lines

 

a. These lines can essentially be considered organic lines when isolated, however, these lines are meant to give depth or to convey ornateness which signifies richness.

 

b. If you know how to shade, shading can essentially be considered descriptive line making because at the most rudimentary level this is a form of line making-essentially you are smearing a point/dot or even connecting them organically by shading.

 

c. Technicality: (this is simply meant as background for shading

 

             i.      Shading is considered rendering

 

            ii.      But rendering is a loose term that can mean:

 

                         (a).  A drawing or other work requiring many marks 

 

                         (b).  Working a drawing

 

                                     ---Example: if I asked you to 'render' a drawing more: it means to put in more descriptive lines or marks. If I say, 'this is a beautiful rendering of flowers' it means a piece of art which has many marks.

 

 By now you should have a pretty full piece of paper. Your paper should be filled with all of the above types of lines. Take 10 minutes and walk away from the drawing. Do something to take your mind off the drawing: play your candy crush or do a chore; something mundane for 10. Come back to your drawing and look at it without making any marks for a few minutes. Analyze the lines and the positions in which you placed them. Jog your memory about the kinds of lines each one is; see if you can remember what each kind is without looking at the tutorial or any of the above explanations. I am sure you will be able to remember them all with ease!

 

Go back through each type above and find 2 more places for each type of line. If you find that you want to make many more-be my guest!

 

It would be wonderful if you, whoever you are reading and following this or any other Instruction, to send me a picture of your drawings from these instructions. I would be honored to give you further advice and direction or simply encouragement. These instructions are posted on a weekly basis, at least that is the goal I attempt to attain, and if you follow them diligently I promise that you will become a better artist by simply doing something about drawing at least once every week. 

 

-Please pay special attention to the vocabulary: rendering and mark making. This is a mark making exercise and always think of any drawing exercise as a mark making exercise.