Beginner | 40 min
Taught by Molly Hatch
Though it may seem deceptively simple, most artistic ventures begin with learning how to draw a humble line. Using pens, pencils and other elemental art materials, acclaimed artist and designer Molly Hatch shares the basics of line drawing. This class is chock full of tips and tricks, plus classic mark-making exercises like blind contour, implied lines, and line networks. With practice, your hand and brain will learn to work together, and your humble lines will quickly start to transform into beautiful, interesting shapes.
Learn how to:
  • Differentiate line quality between hard and soft pencils 
  • Differentiate line quality between fine point pens and thicker pens
  • Use lines to imply dimension or feeling in several ways
  • Create blind contour drawings
  • Create implied lines using dots or broken lines
  • Use groups of lines to create contoured line networks


Chapters
Learning to Make Lines
00:41
01:03
Getting Started
06:21
02:25
Line Drawing Exercises
04:56
03:06
05:51
Materials
Here’s what you’ll need:
  • Mixed Media paper and Artist Tiles (Molly uses Strathmore)
  • Hard and soft drawing pencils (ranging from HB to 8B)
  • Micron pens (ranging from fine to thick)
  • Brush pens
  • Eraser
  • Pencil sharpener
  • Tracing paper (optional)
  • Discussion
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    Transcript
    Introduction to Drawing
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    Part 1:
    Introduction to Drawing: Learning to Make Lines
    Molly Hatch
    Though it may seem deceptively simple, most artistic ventures begin with learning how to draw a humble line. Using pens, pencils and other elemental art materials, acclaimed artist and designer Molly Hatch shares the basics of line drawing. This class is chock full of tips and tricks, plus classic mark-making exercises like blind contour, implied lines, and line networks. With practice, your hand and brain will learn to work together, and your humble lines will quickly start to transform into beautiful, interesting shapes.
    Part 2:
    Introduction to Drawing: Learning to Define Shape
    Molly Hatch
    Learning how to add dimension and shape to your line drawings is the key ingredient that will bring your drawings to life. Molly shows you how to use simple lines in different combinations to make beautiful, dimensional artwork. Focusing on several different styles – abstract, geometric, representational, and organic – Molly shares tools to help you define shape, including positive and negative space exercises, and lessons on how to use shading to add definition. Whether you’re using pencils or pens, this class will take your line drawing to the next level.
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