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DRAWING SKETCHING COURSE: Drawing and sketching of goemetric "inside areas"

Drawing and sketching of goemetric "inside areas"

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When using this drawing technique you try to see simple basic geometrical figures inside your motive.

The accent is put on “inside”. Then you draw these simple forms with a hard pencil (or with little pressure) onto your paper, so that weak, hardly visible lines will arise. These lines are forming the “core” of your drawing. Into the parts of the motives being not yet recorded, you put new simple forms.

When using the technique “pure” the drawing is build up out of geometrical (overlapping) forms. These forms fill up the inside and approach the outline of your motive far enough, so that it becomes easy to draw the line without any difficulties.

Sketch it with a softer pencil or with more pressure, so that a strong line will arise. With increasing exercise the “inner forms” will become more complex and you will need less of them in order to capture your motive.

Please mind: none of the described techniques is used in a pure form, in practice all will be mixed up and used simultaneously.

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The coloured, simple geometric forms provide a quite good sketch of the motive. The strategy is, to fill up the area of the motive with such forms.

Normally you will start with the big adding the smaller ones. Its no problem, when the forms are “overlapping”. The only task of this weak drawn lines is giving a “structure” as orientation . Being better trained in sketching you won’t draw complete geometric forms any more. Perhaps you’ll sketch only parts like lines or you fix points, which you have found with this method.

There is no need, that the helping lines are exact on the right place. As they are thin, they mostly don’t disturb the whole drawing. On the contrary, very often they make drawings more vital. There are a lot of famous artists using them as an important component of the composition. In this context, the not drawn parts of a motive are as important as the drawn ones! “Perfect” drawings are very often “dead”. One of the reasons, why the usage of erasers is forbidden by many teachers. (Warning: remember §1 !)

And here again, normally you don’t use one of the described techniques alone, you mostly will combine them all.



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