Learning to Draw - Contour Lines
Learning to draw Contour Lines can improve your observation skills and is a great way to practice your drawing technique.
Only lines are used when creating contour drawings (no shading).
Contour Lines are:
Outlines, actual lines like wrinkles, implied lines like the edges of a shadow or highlight (these usually define where a surface curves or bends) and differences in value and color.
- use only line & no shading
- are drawn slow and deliberately NOT sketchy
- describe the contours of a shape or form
- are good practice whether you are a beginner or already a skilled artist
- 2B pencil or a range of light and dark pencils
- Or, a fine tip marker
The main outlines are drawn with a darker heavier line and the softer, implied lines or edges are drawn with a lighter mark.
This was done with the same pencil simply by varying the pressure of the pencil on the page. You can also use a darker pencil for the darker lines and a lighter pencil for the lighter lines. Use an eraser to correct mistakes as you go.
Below: For a challenge, use a fine tip marker! An eraser won't help you here, so be extra careful and deliberate as you draw.
Watch the Drawing Contour Lines Video
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