Draw Tip Tuesday – Urban Sketching With One Line

Welcome to Draw Tip Tuesday!

Do you find drawing buildings a challenge?

I feel you. Where to start, and not getting caught up in details are the biggest challenges to overcome.
I’m a big fan of the continuous line technique. It allows you to draw quickly and the drawings are quite expressive.


Let’s take this continuous line technique out on location and make good use of it.

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Drawing people using one line

Drawing people.

Challenges that I encounter every time when I draw people:
-Make the drawing look like the actual person I’m drawing,
-Getting proportions right
-How to capture movement
-Frustration because they move so much

I tend to slow down when I’m trying to figure out details like facial features, wrinkles in clothing, frames of spectacles, hair dos, hands… Lately, I’m doing a lot of contour drawings: a continuous line, not lifting the pen off the paper, and just figuring your way through the page. At first, I thought a one-liner like that wouldn’t be the right technique to draw people. Then, I gave it a go and was surprised by the effect of it!

-First of all, you can’t really get caught up in the details because you’re too busy figuring out where your line needs to go next without lifting the paper. Therefore, you need to skip distracting small details and move from shape to shape.
-Second, it’s really surprising how – with some practice of course – you DO get a likeness. Maybe that’s because you’re not trying so hard?
-Because you move fairly quickly from shape to shape, you’ll be able to capture a posture a little quicker. Still, if people move a lot, it’s a challenge!
-A continuous line is an expressive line and with that, you’re representing the movement.

Draw Tip Tuesday: Color and Lines

Welcome to Draw Tip Tuesday!

This is a sketchbook spread I did a while ago. For the living room drawing, I painted a blob of color with watercolor and drew on top of it. The combination of sloppy painting and more detailed drawing creates an interesting effect.

I got a request to cover this technique in a Draw Tip Tuesday Video, so here it is:


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