Module - Topic 5

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Here are 6 new concepts and keys to design drawing techniques:

  1. Use a Chisel point or flair or Sharpie for line variation:
  2. Use a fuzzy line for a soft graphic look:
  3. Use "HIT GO HIT lines for a graphic look:
  4. Use a Professional GAP line:
  5. Use a professional DOT technique to add movement and life to your drawings:
  6. Overlap corners to achieve a designer like feel to your drawings

You will find these 6 terms defined and used in one of the references texts I refer to in my earlier modules: DRAWING AND DESIGNING WITH CONFIDENCE by Mike Lin.

NOTE: These techniques and methods of graphic drawing are used in combination with each other and it;s best to use several together for a full effect and a professional end result. Some work better together than others. You'll need to try them and make your own style choice. Some techniques take a lot of practice, others are simple and fast to learn. Have fun experimenting!

Use a Chisel point or flair or Sharpie for line variation:

In this method, a lot of variation can be shown using a flat edge of a pencil or the side of a Flair or Sharpie pen to create a sense of depth and light and 3 D effect WITHOUT using shading techniques of traditional drawing. Hold the pencil/pen sideways and try to draw a box or circle using that method. It will get better in time and begin to look like this fine art drawing done 400 years ago using thick and thin or light and dark and fuzzy lines. Note the hatching technique used everywhere to create depth and dimension:

Red conte drawing  showing effective hatching methods by Rembrandt

Or this SIMPLE design drawing of cups:

A SIMPLE design drawing of 2 cylindrical cups:

Use a fuzzy line for a soft graphic look:

Fuzzy soft edged drawing of coke cans

Use "HIT GO HIT lines for a graphic look:

In this technique the designer starts (hits) the line heavy and dark and slides lightly to the end of the line with another darker 'hit'. When the designer gets to the end, the line gets thicker and darker again. This gives a very graphic feel and look to the drawing and adds movement and life. See the examples below using "hit go hit" line drawing techniques look at the EDGES Of the lines and your will notice that they seem to fade in and out with hit go hit methods of drawing. NOTE many techniques are used these drawings. Designers tend to use several methods combined in a single drawing for greater effect!

Pencil sketch using "hit -go - hit methods of line drawing

Example of "hit-go-hit method of drawing

Also notice HIT GO (SLIDE) HIT below along with the use of tinted paper and white conte to create accent tone. Note how the edges of all the lines look just a tad darker! That's HIT GO HIT> and we all use it to create design drawings that POP to the eye. Practice this method combined with you strokes for a really great graphic look. It's fabulous to use and will pick up any drawing and give it life and movement!

Illustration of "hit-go-hit" line drawing

Use a Professional GAP line:

Break the line a bit to create professional drawings that pop to the eye - It's called PROFESSIONAL GAP or SKIP LINE DRAWING. Skip i and out of the line using either pencil or pens. Let the line fade in and out as you also use the SKIP method of drawing.

Use a professional DOT technique to add movement and life to your drawings:

Stippling is a very common an useful method of adding simple but effective look to the end of lines, or to an entire drawing.

Overlap corners to achieve a designer look l to your drawings.

Example of cube drawing showing 'hit - go - hit method of drawing

Pen drawing of boxes using crossing lines at corners.

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