Lines are among the most important features of any drawing. Your ability to give position to the lines you draw will greatly define your piece of work in one way or another. Start drawing with simple lines then give it depth and give intricate details on it once you are done with the rough sketch.
There are many types of lines you can draw
Drawing straight lines will make you realise that there’s more to it than simple straight lines. You’ll understand the realism they seem to create when placed with each other in a certain distance and in a certain position. You’ll also understand how to create a sketch that seems stagnant in one place.
Experiment with curved lines and you’ll realise that they can make your drawing look graceful. drawing dynamic characters such as a dancing figure and other things such as pots, hair , waves etc can be effectively achieved by drawing curved lines that will represent the movement of the body. This is beneficial especially when you want to draw illustrations or rough sketches or even the base sketch.You can also take notes and use it later.
Combining some of the lines into a single pattern will give you a magical and desired result or even better than that you may have expected. You’ll discover that you can create an ocean when you draw straight lines parallel to one another. Similarly, a pattern of swirls also provides a different effect and usually represents the movement of the thing you are drawing. It can also give you different patterns that create different effects.
Shapes and Forms
Connecting your lines together will give you shapes. Whether they’re the basic 2-dimensional ones or 3-D ones or unique ones that are a result of your creativity shapes essentially give your sketches the volume and depth they should have.
It’s like turning a stick figure into a something that symbolises a realistic figure. Shapes give you the foundation of your sketch.
Understanding shapes is important because when combined together, they can form the foundations to a more complex drawing. Everything you see in life can be drawn easily and properly when you understand that they can be visualised as various shapes put together.