Line Drawing Exercise
This is probably the most important exercise you will ever come across for improving your line drawing.
This is the moment when you will get to the next level for yourline drawing.
So, the way this exercise works it that you have multiple abstract compositions where you will get to improve your line drawing.
You need to be able to have a line drawing which has gradients by itself, without any help from hatching.
So if until now we drew staring, clear lines which were either construction lines, contour lines or thick lines and focused on hatching for a gradient… we can switch to a more sensitive drawing style by means of having a gradient through the line drawing.
The abstract compositions need to be thoroughly studied so you understand where each line has different inflexions – either getting darker or lighter.
It also matters to not lift your pencil off the page – the key to getting the line drawing sorted is to have a continuous line drawing and be able to vary it in accordance with the context.
The top exercises are the ones with the spirals that are continuous and need to diverge into looking 3D… these will help you with a lot of things – spontaneous composition, understanding that things overlap when drawing them – so you will have larger spirals, smaller spirals etc
Another thing you can do is draw the rectangular variant of this composition, so it will have the same consistent, ‘no pen off the page’ line drawing, but with rectangles instead of spirals.
You can do all the other exercises, and I advise you actually go through each of them three times at least.