Line Art Drawings

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Line art drawings are created with straight and curved lines (also called rectilinear and curvilinear.) These lines are typically created with one solid color that does not incorporate shading created by grays or halftones.

In line art the shading may be created using dots, hatching, or cross hatching. Pencil or pen and ink are the mediums most frequently used to create line art.

Line art is generally used for commercial reproduction work, coloring books, cartooning, technical illustrations, and has many other applications.

Learning to draw line art takes a fair amount of practice and dedication. I always try and allot a certain amount of time each day dedicated to practicing until the pencil becomes an extension of your arm. If possible practice at the same time and place. Maintaining a schedule will make your learning experience more effective.

Holding the Pencil
There are a few different positions that will give you more control over the thickness or thinness of the line. Line art drawings can use the same thickness of line consistently or vary it to emphasize different areas of the form you are drawing. This helps give an illusion of depth and makes your drawing more realistic.

Start with simple shapes to get comfortable drawing those lines. With practice it will become easier to draw and move to more complex shapes and subjects.

Drawing from actual objects will strengthen hand-eye coordination and make drawing easier. Choose simple ones at first, such as a pear or a vase. Draw the shape first then add the details. Pay close attention to the light source when drawing the object and use cross hatching or other lines to indicate shadows and emphasize highlights.


Line drawing of Ballerina in Classic PoseClassic drawing of Ballerina

Observe shape and form when drawing.
Shape is height and width and you could actually call it "mass." Form represents the depth of the object. Shading will give the object 3D effects. Perspective is where all your lines converge to a point on the horizon. Go here to learn a few things about perspective.

You Can Always Learn From the Masters
Use tutorials or get this free ebook to start off—and tips from experienced artists to grow and gain understanding of the best approach to drawing.

With practice you will find that your lines will become more fluid and natural. Keeping a sketchbook is one of the best ways to strengthen drawing skills. Take it with you everywhere—you never know when inspiration will strike.

Master the basics of line art drawings and soon you will find creating them a natural and enjoyable process—and who knows, you may become the Picasso of the 21st Century.

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