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Old 11-21-2002, 03:43 AM   #1
Lon Haverly Lon Haverly is offline
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Line first method

I have found myself using what I have come to call, for lack of a better term, "line first" method of drawing, which simply is drawing the subject one line at a time with the focus on the accuracy of the line more than the overall form. If each line is right, the form will be right. It is a very fast way to draw, since it cuts down on mistakes. It is a way of seeing your subject with quick glances from the subject to the drawing, and a very analytical way to draw.

Line first places the emphasis on the accuracy, style, thickness, angle and intensity of each line, rather than just the shape of the final form. Many artists scribble their way to a form, and in the process, ignore the quality of line, resulting in a poorly executed drawing.

I have a strict procedure that I use which guides me through the drawing to a completed form, but in the process, I make each line count. Many times, I never draw the line more than once. It is a very economic way to draw, and really a must when you do as I do, draw ten to twenty minute sketches from life day in and day out.
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