Line Drawing Lessons

Line Drawing Lessons

Line Drawing

The drawing on the right is called Chinese Lanterns and the one of the left is Shepard-Line.

I was a serial transfers student, so they were done under different college professors and in different schools. I did Chinese Lanterns first, and my professor loved it. I didn't even think it was that great, but while doing a portfolio review, he told me to stop, while flipping through the images of my work, and said to make sure it went in my application. Why did he like it so much? 

The line variation. 

So of course, I started doing all of my line drawing in this style, varying width. 

Transferred to a different school, and I did this technique on a skull drawing in a head drawing class. The professor picked out six or so drawings that he thought were good but had one fatal flaw, and they were used as an example of what not to do.

That day I was told, no more "morse code" lines, and I was so confused. How can one school loved it, and the other pretty much said to never do it again? Well, because art is subjective. Your teachers have preferences as do art critics and everyone else you meet, and unfortunately, they expect you to fit into those ideals. 

Side note: My family does not care for my recent work. It's took dark and nude figures are a little too out there for them. I've just learn to say "whatever" and continue on doing what I like.

So for the sake of not failing, I had to change my style to what Shepard-Line looks like. I transferred once more to a school that didn't have the mentality of "you must draw like me or fail," and I went back to "morse code" kind of lines. Not as drastic as Chinese Lantern, but a combination of both. 

In the end, I did take away something from both techniques, but it's still really nice to be allowed to draw something the way I think it'll look best. 


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