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    Friday
    Aug172012

    How Many Ways Can I Draw Lines?

    “To learn how to do, we need something real to focus on — not a task assigned by someone else, but something we want to create, something we want to understand. Not an empty exercise but a meaningful, self-chosen undertaking.”
    Lori McWilliam Pickert 

    Drawing is simply making marks on paper - and surprising things happen when you draw and draw and draw! Your coordination improves and you gain more control over your lines. If you are having trouble getting the pen to do what you want it to do... it's not that you got in the wrong queue for DRAWING TALENT when you were born. Maybe you just need to draw more lines. 

    HOW MANY WAYS CAN I DRAW LINES THIS WEEK?
    Gain control of the elusive pen.

    Draw ordinary things. Danny Gregory, author of Everyday Matters, has a list of 300+ EDM drawing prompts to work through... everything from Draw Your Shoe to Draw a Garden Tool. I've been drawing for the past month and find the Facebook group very positive.

    Doodle. Intentional lines, where you challenge yourself. 

    Draw squares. Draw a bunch of squares as close together as you can. Fill an entire index card.

    Draw circles. At first, they look wonky. That's OK. Draw circles to fill an entire index card. Now put circles inside the circles. 

    Font practice. Type sentences that are pangrams {using each letter of the alphabet at least once} and put them in various fonts. Here's a 27 letter pangram: Big fjords vex quick waltz nymph. Jot that down on an index card and put it in your backpack. When you have a few moments each day, write one of the sentences, attempting to emulate the font as precisely as you can. Notice the serifs and the angles. Here are some funky fonts to try: Sabrina, Nouvelle Vague, Another Typewriter

    I'd love to hear your drawing story. How did you improve your drawing skills? Can you see a definitive difference between when you started focusing on drawing and your current capabilities? What helped most? Did you draw abstract doodles and start working on drawing real things? Or the reverse? 

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    Reader Comments (4)

    Thank sto you and your blog I found the ADM challenge and wanted to start right away...but somehow now I am looking for the perfect pair of shoes n my feet to start with...I know it is silly and it is just my fear for failure, even if it is between the pages of my sketchbook...
    Your little tips make it sound so easy to start...I will need to start ;-) Thnx!!!

    08.17.2012 | Unregistered CommenterIrma

    you are posolutely and absotively a genius, Tammy. how blessed am I to have been introduced to you. I mean, really, you are a gem!!
    xoxo

    08.18.2012 | Unregistered CommenterCurrie

    you quoted me!!! :D

    hee, that’s a weird sensation. but i liked it! ;o)

    love love “everyday matters” — i lent my copy and it was never returned — guess i need to buy another one.

    love this post!

    08.18.2012 | Unregistered CommenterLori

    Will be starting the EDM Challenge soon! (i.e. when my busy weeks finish!) The more I read about other people's EDM sketches, the more I want to get started - just joined the group so thanks for linking :D

    08.19.2012 | Unregistered CommenterLeanne

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