Module 2

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Ililies pen and ink

Pen and ink outline drawing using contour strokes to create shadow and depth

© Craig Nelson

In this lesson we will begin to draw in earnest with pencils and pens on regular cheap printer or bond white paper. I suggest regular paper since it is the cheapest and fastest to toss out without the pain of expense. Save the good paper for finished work. This is mostly about trying out techniques and practice and tossing out a lot of bad drawings.

Prerequisites: Complete reading the chapeter in your textbook: Rapid Viz. This chapter is all about perspective drawing. If you have the optional Craig NELSON text, The Drawing Bibile, if you read the first 67 pages, they are very helpful to get started in simple drawing techniques.

Before beginning this lesson, you should know or be able to do the following.

  • Get your sketching paper ready to use. Any sketchpaper will work and I suggest you use standard letter size paper to drawing most of the exercises in the class. Have your pencils ready to use and have them with you from now on as you practice while you read and see examples of other work in your text books.


  • Get comfortable with simple pencil and pen techniques

rams head pencil drawing

Example of using pencil strokes to indicate form though pencil techniques

© Craig Nelson


In this lesson, you will do the following:

  • Begin to practice drawing methods and techniques using both pencils and pens.
  • Learn how to draw thumbnails for design sketching
  • Learn about contour drawing and it's use in design sketching.
  • Draw coffee cups and bottles in multiple style in pencil and pens.

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figures in pencil and pen drawings

Graphic design figure sketches using simple outlines with

limited directional strokes for details


These are the assignments for this lesson:

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Focus questions: You do NOT need to answer these questions onlineor in writing! Just do some personal thinking about the questions and allow your mind to continue to think about the questions as you practice sketching.

As you work through this lesson, you should keep the following key questions in mind to focus your studies:

  1. How should hold my pencils and pens correctly and why?
  2. What style of thumbnail sketch do I like to do?
  3. What type of TN sketches does my career require me to draw?
  4. What are the characteristics of good thumbnail sketches?
  5. What is the difference between design drawing and shaded drawing styles?
  6. How many varieties of strokes can I explore in drawing for designers and how are they used?

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What next?

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