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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 looks
<clears throat>
<coffs>
so 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…
<indecipherable>
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 will
<laughs> on 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 time <laughs> i 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 thin <laughs>
uh…
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… <laughs>
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!
<laughter>
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 headaches <laughs> its 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 again
<laughs> they 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 channel and liking the videos and sharing
it with your friends.
keep smiling

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