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[Drawing] with Accent Lines
February 21, 2014

I hope this email finds you well, happy and enjoying drawing.

You know, even after all these years, I still love creating basic outlines. That's where I first started and then fell in love with drawing so I guess it's only natural.

There are some perfect techniques at our disposal that help us enhance outline drawings, just to add a little more life without taking extra time or effort.

Today's tip is an interim but progressive step towards the more comprehensive subject of shading.

To give a brief summary of this idea, once you have an outline, work out where you think the shadow belongs (opposite the direction of light) and simply indicate that with a heavier line. This gives more oomph to a contour and makes it more expressive.

An accentuated or exaggerated line can represent the shadow side or even weight of an object, it's your choice how you use it.

This is a great way to gradually add style into your artwork without becoming confused and therefore frozen by what's right or wrong.

Using this technique teaches you to feel where pencil strokes belong which in turn injects uniqueness into your artwork. It is also a terrific way to develop your artistic intuition.

This is not a lesson on light and shade nor values, but it's the next best thing!

*** Read more and see examples...***

What's New

If you need to play catch-up, here are the latest pages from the last couple of months...

Drawings in pen

Basic line drawings

Left hand drawing

My beginner drawings

Accent lines

Drawing Tip of the Month

Keep a kneaded eraser in your hand as you draw. Work it or knead it to soften it and as you do that, you're also keeping your hands clean.

I usually have graphite residue on the back of my little finger after my hand rests on the paper (tsk, tsk) so I just erase it!

Ok, I could go and wash my hands but by now you're probably alert to the fact that I get very involved when I'm drawing which in turn makes me a little lazy!

Handy Links

Find some good online drawing books that I bought to help me learn, practice and improve. They all have a money-back guarantee which is fantastic because the books I like may not necessarily be the same ones you like.

If you have any drawing questions, please visit the frequently asked questions page to find your answers.

Drawing is a very economical hobby - see the few basic supplies needed to get started.

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, thank you for taking the time out of your busy schedule to read this issue.

Kerry Sig
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"Teachers open the door, but you must enter by yourself." - Unknown
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