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Drawing Lines Freehand
October 21, 2007

Are you tempted to use a ruler to draw lines in your work?

Don't be tempted! Be adventurous and draw them freehand! The small imperfections are quite attractive and they stimulate the beholder's imagination.

After all, no-one can draw a perfectly straight line and that's a fact.

So, let's talk about drawing lines.

The longer the line, the more chance it'll be wobbly. Here's how to overcome any fear you have for drawing lines.

(I'm going to do something different and I'm going to include this month's tip here) ...

Tip of the Month

The best trick to drawing a line, as straight as possible, is to -

Put the edge of your hand on your drawing board.

Draw part of the line using only the movement of your fingers, don't move your hand.

Start the next part of the line by moving your hand over and draw the remainder by again moving only your fingers.

Where you join the line, it needs dedicated precision so it's better to leave the imperfection visible. It gives your drawings more charm.

By drawing your lines this way, you will have more control and your lines will look straighter.

Don't forget, practice makes perfect. Don't give up on using this trick until you have given it a fair go.

It might suit you, and, it might not. It's up to you.

What's New at

I have started to focus on adding pages dedicated to drawing tips.

Observation Exercise

This is a good tip just to get your mind in gear before you tackle any drawing.

Grid Drawing

No doubt about it, using grids was a lot of fun! I can't wait to experiment further with this optional drawing tool.

Thank you,, for taking the time out of your busy day to read this issue.

I hope you've enjoyed it.

You can simply reply to this email if you have any feedback you'd like to share.

Until next month, have fun sketching!

with best wishes


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