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How to draw steady lines without a ruler?

How to draw steady lines without a ruler?

Question from Tina

Hi, I’ve been trying to improve my drawing skills by following your video “Help, I Can’t Draw“.

I have a challenge. No matter how many times I draw lines in perspective, the converging lines just don’t come out straight or I completely miss the vanishing point.

I draw on a vertical drawing board, but I feel like I should just resort to drawing on a horizontal surface because only then can I draw steady, somewhat straight lines.

  • Is it just that I haven’t practiced enough?
  • Is it OK to draw on flat surfaces?
  • Do I just need to move my hand faster or slower to get long smooth lines?

Thank you
Tina

Answer from Vladimir London, Drawing Academy tutor

Hi Tina,

Many thanks for your question.

A similar topic has been already discussed in this article:
http://drawingacademy.com/how-to-paint-straight-lines

There’s only one reason you can’t draw straight lines – lack of practice. How many hours have you spent practicing drawing lines? If fewer than 20, you haven’t even started.

It is good that you use a drawing board.

  • Place the board vertically in front of you at arm’s length.
  • Hold a pencil with the “candle” grip, and instead of moving your fingers or your hand, move your entire arm from the shoulder.
  • Look not at the pencil tip but where the line should end.
  • Draw a line steadily in that direction.

Speed is a by-product of mastery. Draw as fast or slowly as you feel comfortable. With time and practice, you will gradually increase your drawing speed; this will happen naturally.

How to draw steady lines without a ruler

How to draw steady lines without a ruler

How to draw steady lines without a ruler

Best regards,
Vladimir

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  1. Fredrik Ehnbom says:

    Drawing an imaginary chessboard in perspective makes an excellent warm-up exercise. Due to perspective rules, you’ll end up with a wide variety of different line angles and line-lengths that are needed for the shading of the chess board, and each line has a well-defined start and ending point. You can also take the time to practice your hatching techniques using this method.

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