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Drawing straight lines

How many times do you hear people say.... "I would love to draw but I can't even draw a straight line"!

Well here's something - NEITHER CAN I.   The simple solution is USE A RULER.

In other words, what ever means there is available to help you achieve a result, then jolly well use it!




Comments

Judy said…
:) Exactly!
ann hyde said…
Thanks Judy....sometimes it just has to be said doesn't it! :-)
robin cox walsh said…
If you want a straight line or realistic rendering take a picture! Freehand is meant to be 'wonky'. Just MHO.... :)
ann hyde said…
That's true Robin.... :-)
sandy said…
i agree - never thought i could draw until i picked up a pencil and did it - I prefer free hand - i think i've used a rule maybe twice in drawing and it didn't help - it didn't let me flow the way i wanted to draw.

but to just pick up a pencil is #1 rule in my book.
ann hyde said…
That's true enough Sandy, its called Freehand for a reason. I find using a ruler is useful on odd occasions, for buildings when you need a sharp edge. :-)
sandy said…
i actually may use one soon - there are some building in san diego i am trying to draw but they are at angles I just can't get. I'm so frustrated.
ann hyde said…
If a ruler helps then use it Sandy. There is an acetate tip that might also help. find a pen that will draw on a piece of clear acetate. hold this up and follow the contours of the building. if you want to know more of this little tip, let me know here and I'll do a post about it.
sandy said…
yes a post would be great! It's when the building has a slight or even great angle I can't seem to do it - even when I hold my pencil up to the screen and try to draw the angle the pencil is showing.
ann hyde said…
Ok, I'll do a post on this tip :-)

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