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    Monday
    Nov302009

    Retro | Vintage Drawing Practice

    It takes practice to draw what you intend to draw. A straight line parallel to another line, a curve left to right at the angle you wish, lines at different angles without turning your paper (yes, I know you do). My line control is much better since I started actively practicing. I didn't really consider it "practice" until I realized, a year later, that my line control & precision had vastly improved!

    sketch the lines of a white kitchen

    19 East 72nd Street - Madison ... Digital ID: 1558320. New York Public Library

    draw a teapot

    Five déjeûner pieces. Jasper a... Digital ID: 490873. New York Public Library

    design your own silverware

    Silver knife, fork and spoon. Digital ID: 1688216. New York Public Library

    use old patterns to practice drawing lines

    Modern surface ornament. Digital ID: 818468. New York Public Library

    add detail to your favorite drawing patterns

    [Renaissance design patterns.] Digital ID: 819808. New York Public Library

    draw the lines of the facade of a house (here's my attempt)

    Late Colonial Door, Philadelph... Digital ID: 96327. New York Public Library

    practice drawing fonts

    Atlas of the city of New York,... Digital ID: 1516754. New York Public Library

    learn to draw a fish, then draw fish with different patterns

    Coryphaena coerulea, The Bleu-... Digital ID: 404016. New York Public Library

    design the cover of an imaginary or real book

    The harlot’s house : and other... Digital ID: 492668. New York Public Library

    At myinkblog, 48 Beautifully Designed Vintage Websites gives a taste of vintage design, describing the design elements incorporated in the style.

    Thoughts on improving your skill:

    1. Consider doing creative work freehand to build confidence, strengthen your arm, and improve the ability to control the pen.
    2. Watch yourself. Is it easier to draw when sitting on the couch with the journal to your right, on your lap, on a table in front of you, standing and leaning on a counter?
    3. When you are drawing and getting frustrated. STOP.
    4. If your hand/arm is tired, take a few days off.

    You'll find my sketch of the facade above at I Don't Draw Things, and other ideas for practicing your lines at Line Practice and all posts tagged drawing practice.

    Read Retro | Vintage Drawing Practice, Part 2...

    Reader Comments (2)

    Tammy you are so right about practice! I have found that just coloring in my doodles has helped me
    be a better "Pen controller" than before! I guess I've never thought much about the tiny little muscles
    in my hand and also, these muscles help with having a "good eye". Off to practice.....

    11.30.2009 | Unregistered CommenterEden

    I found a chart of the hand muscles: http://sparkcharts.sparknotes.com/health/generalanatomy/section15.php.

    11.30.2009 | Registered Commentergypsy

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