Sheep Staring At Me!

18 Dec

Continuous line drawing: Elan Valley Sheep.


Someone asked me today what ‘continuous line drawing’ is. I use the technique a lot. What you do is draw with a good quality pen or pencil, one that gives a nice flowing line, and you try not to:

a) lift your pen off the surface of the paper and

b) look at your drawing too often.

The idea is to keep looking at the subject and ‘feel’ your way quickly around the paper with the point of your pen. You look at the drawing occasionally to stop yourself from going completely off, but resist the temptation to keep checking it and trust yourself!

If you keep your pen on the paper, you’ll achieve a flowing line and you’ll often have to go back over bits to get to other parts of the drawing, but that’s all right because you’ll end up with very lively, vibrant lines. You can have a few breaks but try to keep these to a minimum.

This method gives lots of life to your drawings and also helps with accuracy as you’re constantly observing the subject and you’re also drawing the surroundings as well as the subject. I hope that explains it. Feel free to question me if you want 🙂

6 Responses to “Sheep Staring At Me!”

  1. Hansi December 19, 2011 at 15:10 #

    Did that in college. Great way to develop eye-hand coordination and begin really looking at things.

  2. Tin Roof Press December 19, 2011 at 07:52 #

    you are rather good at it. mine would end up looking nothing like a sheep whatsoever

    • Rosie Scribblah December 19, 2011 at 20:18 #

      hahaha now I’m wondering what it WOULD look like lol

  3. Alli Farkas December 18, 2011 at 23:12 #

    Love this–used to do it all the time in class years ago. Should have a go at it again!

    • Rosie Scribblah December 19, 2011 at 20:06 #

      I use it all the time. Makes measurement and persective much easier

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