I am back for another quick sketchbook series exercise! This week we are using line to do a quick continuous line drawing.
Quick Refresher: A continuous line drawing is one in which a single, unbroken line is used to develop the image.
Your Sketchbook: Mine is a 7x7 Stillman & Birn Mixed Media Delta Series Sketchbook
An object to Draw
To get started pick a simple item to draw, I decided to draw my spray bottle because it was handy, it is made up of big shapes and has some interesting textures as well.
Spend 15 seconds just looking at your object (this might feel like forever) you are training your brain to see the object and the shapes as they really are. Your brain does an excellent job of taking in as little information as possible and filling in the gap with extra info. Once you have looked at your object for 15 seconds put your pencil to paper and slowly draw your object with one continuous line. You can draw over your lines back and forth but try your best to keep your pencil on the paper at all times.
Aside from the fact that a continuous line drawing can be a work of art in its own right, it is also a great drawing exercise for developing hand-eye coordination and observation skills. As an artist its important to spend a bit of time here and there to further develop your base drawing and observation skills, they help you in all sorts of ways and especially when working on more complex pieces.
This exercise should only take about 5 minutes but it can create some really fun results! If you want o give yourself an extra challenge try to look at your object right side up but draw it upside down, this will force you to slow down even further and really look at the shapes of your object.
I hope you enjoyed this quick sketchbook exercise and I hope are able to find some time to explore! It is never a to late to start creating and exploring your creative process.
Until next time! Enjoy Your Creative Journey!
XOXO - Tori