5 tips for better drawings


hello everyone Will Terrell here. Today I’ve got five tips for you on how to
improve your line drawing. These are all tips that helped me tremendously with improving my line work. Hopefully it will do the same for you. so let’s get started it’s really important sketch slightly
when you’re doing your initial lay-in for a drawing. the reason for this is if you go to dark
its either gonna smudge the page or even after you add Ink line work uh… you’re not going to be able to erase the line drawing underneath it. this is something i find often uh… beginning artists do, is they either… draw really, really dark …or really, really timidly. I’ll even go we go even lighter than this
usually when i’m doing my initial lay-in uh… but for the purposes of this video I’m going a little bit darker than normal so it shows up on the camera. if you do end up going too dark with
your initial lay-in it’s okay just go ahead and take a needed eraser
and knock back the tone a little bit I’ll even do that when i’m doing like a
pencil sketch I’ll do the initial lay-in sketch it out make it really messy but
keep it light and i’ll use my kneaded eraser to knock
it back almost to where you barely see it on the
page and i’ll redraw the entire thing a little bit darker uh… and i’ll keep doing until i find the
form perfectly before i do the final Inked version. my next tip is to become more confident
with your line drawing that’s something that’s going to take
years and years of practice to do but you’ll notice im sketch out the
lines like this I’ve noticed this is something that most beginning artists do, their.. …lines will be timid… they’ll be kind of jaggidy because they’re trying to sketch it through as they go but what you want is a bold
smooth line like this uh… and that’s like I said, something
you have to practice with over and over uh… and you’ll notice I’m kind of whipping the line as it comes out of the arc. and I’ll also follow over the line that i just drew. and that builds up the line so it all
looks like it belongs together going back to our example I’m going to use this uh… sharpie pen which has a sort of uh… narrow line width to it. and it’s sort of like the micron pigma I
see a lot of beginning artists use. and manga artists uh… and it’s kind of a stiff line this is what i normally see in line work
is really jagged lines like this uh… and thats… you don’t want that it’s not really a natural line that you
see in nature I mean it can be used as a
texture like uh… it looks like a fabric or
something but not a skin tone most skin is smooth and so you want the line that represents it
to be smooth also same thing with the hair you want that
line to be somewhat smooth too the only time you’d use a jagged texture is
on something like a like a jagged canvas. or t-shirt or you know something that’s been ripped uh… that’s when a texture like that will
come in handy one reason most artists have trouble
with doing confident lines is because they’re drawing uh… against their own strengths you need to draw towards yourself to
have control over your line work you could see when i draw in the opposite
direction my lines kind of splay and they go… they’re not very controlled, and you can see how they separate here And like with every rule this isn’t a hundred
percent of the time uh… this is just my rule of thumb i’d
whenever i’m having trouble with line work I try and go back to drawing towards myself So practice filling up pages with doing parallllell.. llellll LELALlLAlllell parallel lines i’m learning to talk so in order to follow rule number
three you’ll need to turn the page in order to get your most confident lines every artist has basically one good line
stroke uh… and you need to turn the page in order
to maximize the use of that line stroke so i’m constantly turning the page in
order to draw towards myself so i can get that confident line the other benefit to it is you can turn the page upside down and realize that your
face looks jacked up for instance one of your eyes can be
considerably lower than the other and it’s really weird from this angle and turning the page upside down will help you realize how bad it looks and hopefully let you do something about it come on… turn the page upside down so you can see how bad it looksso anyways line work be confident draw towards yourself and spin the page these are things that are easy to forget and then you realize wow these tips can really help me make my
drawings look a lot better i’m so glad that I listened to these tips so at this point i finally turn the page upside down and I realize how weird that one eye looks like its way higher up than the other one and so i try and fudge the…. eye a little bit and the nose bridge and whattayagonnado… I think part of the problem was i’m spending more time
looking at the camera than actually at the drawing so every things a little bit… iffy…. sketchy if you willon this drawing this is why don’t do tutorial videos very often I get too self conscious about the whole thing. …start making jokes about my drawings anyways So there you go! that’s how you spin the page and now you know Line variation is my favorite part about Inking. i just love making lines go from
thick to thin and you can do that with a pen like this
sharpie pen or with uh… micron pigma pen but it’s a lot more work you have to go back over the line several times and
build it up make it go from thick to thin in certain parts uh… it can be kind of a headache
you can see how my line keeps splaying at the end uh… into the arc each timei do it so I have to go back over it and fix it and fix it and fix it uh… i’d much prefer using an actual
brush pen in order to get the line variation so sometimes I’ll do the initial lay-in with a thin pen like the sharpie or uh… micron pigma but i almost always go back over it with a
brush pen like this is a japanese import zebra brush pen but you can find other types of brush pens uh… and I like it because it goes from
thick to thin with hardly any work to it uh… and that’s juicy line variation
right there i love how it looks and you can you can even do the same
thing where you build-up you go over the same line and
extend it or you can make it a thicker… thick to thinuh… by just going over it and building up
the thick to thin on it… man I’m just NO GOOD at this talk thing today…so going back to the parallel lines that
i was showing you how to do on drawing towards you can do the same thing with a brush pen you get this nice pattern with it and uh.. this is the beginnings of cross-hatching you can see how varying the pressure
here where I get thicker in the middle of the stroke versus thicker at the beginning the stroke uh… adds.. it makes it a different type
of pattern and overlaying these parallel stroke
patterns is what makes cross-hatching look the way it does and how you get that
unique pattern to it and just varying it up where you go at a different angle with each
parallel stroke pattern uh… and varying your pressure and so on and so on until you
get this pattern going. i really like the way the cross-hatching looks Its pretty much my favorite thing to do sometimes I’ll just fill up whole pages of just crotch-hatching… wait. cross-hatching!I think I need a nap. All right, back to our example so you can take the line drawing that
we did before and add a little bit of line variation to it just by building up that line again and following in the form of the face uh… and this is something that you
like again you’ll have to experiment experiment with for years and years and
years uh… but basically adding line
variation like on the cheek here makes it look like that the thick part of her cheek is where it’s
casting a shadow underneath it and the thin part is where the light meets the skin and knowing where you do that is just
something you’re gonna have to practice with uh… years and years and years but then going back to the brush pen you can do these really nice thick to thin strokes without having to build up without all
the headachesits just like instantaneous and you get nice thick juicy lines uh… really thin lines and yeah i like it so that’s pretty much it on my tips uh… for this video i will try and do
more of these and hopefully i can take them more seriously down the road i hope they were.. this was somewhat
useful to you one other thing to keep in mind when i
first started learning how to ink uh… i really really was terrible
at it and actually had a a comic book publisher tell me they wanted to draw a book for them but as long as i never touched an ink pen ever againthey didn’t actually say it in those words it was not quite that harsh but it was pretty harsh so in order to remedy that i decided I was
going to ruin every sketchbook i ever had and so I went back through.. it was probably ten or fifteen sketch books and they were all just pencil sketches and
I decided to ink every single one of those drawings uh… and… the first you know five or six sketch books they were pretty bad uh… it was actually ruining drawings
but by the time I got past that point the ink drawings were actually looking better than
the pencil drawings were uh… and I started becoming more confident in my work so with anything it just takes time and practice and just being patient with yourself and trying to have fun with it and
that’s what this is all about Not taking it too seriously just having fun anways thanks for watching this video i
hope it was helpful and uh… thank you for subscribing to the
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