The very basic

There is lot’s of sketching material on the market and most students think that the more expensive the equipment gets the better they’ll sketch. This is total nonsense. A designers drawing skill is not dependent on his material but on how well he can sketch. Therefore I would advise to use some pens in the store and buy the one that feels the most natural. I discourage the use of pencils and erasers because this let’s you erase your mistakes and slows you down in the creativity process. People who sketch with pens tend to learn faster then those who don’t. I mostly use a real cheap ballpoint pen from Bic. Off course Soft pencils and chalks are very good tools to create a more artistic drawing. Just know when to use what.

Before we start with the real stuff there are some skills the student must practice. The first skill is how to draw a straight line without a ruler.

Hold the pen in front of you, aligned with your nose. Then pull the pen towards you. Rotating your elbow and wrist. These 2 rotations will result in one single straight movement. This is the easiest way to draw a straight line and It’ll force you to constantly rotate your page which is good for composition and readability of the drawing. Off course more experienced artist can draw a straight line in any position but for most beginners this is an excellent technique with fast results.

The first exercice and ideal warm-up is to draw lots of straight lines on a piece of paper. Rotate your paper if you want to change the direction of the lines. Dont stop practicing this untill the lines look straight.

The second exercise needs more skill and feeling to complete. The goal is to draw parallel lines. Lines must be straight and all in the same direction. Length is of no importance yet

Later when skill and confidence have grown (and after lots of white pieces of paper transformed in mindless scriblles) you can continue to the third and final basic exercice. Drawing lines of a certain length without a ruler. For this exercice you need good eye-hand coordination so don’t give up to quickly if this is exercice seems harder then it looks. Drawing is all about exercice, hard work and patience.

Draw straight lines of a preset value. Check them afterwards with a ruler.

Draw straight lines and divide them in two by eye. A trick that might help is to hold the tip of your pen under the (horizontal) line. Now imagine the line is a seesaw. And the pen the rotating point. Now move your pen until the line is in equilibrium. Measure them with a ruler afterward.

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