I like scribbling, but that's probably not going to help you. Looking hard and thinking where you need to start and where you need to finish helps a lot.
Traditional Chinese bamboo brush art was taught through muscle memory and tracing. Crap, now I'm over thinking it. I'm just gonna see what happens.
I like to sit down with a pen or pencil and just relax not think about anything and just practice making marks. Experiment with it. Sometime I do it for a few minutes other times I do it for hours. I have noticed though that my drawings are always better if I warm up first.
dont get burned out before the instruction even started
adding to the other suggestions, if i really dont feel it and my hand eye coordination aint working at all, ill invest 5-10 minutes drawing circles, ellypses and straight lines (horizontals, verticals and diagonals) covering an a4 sheet. most of the time this improves my performance.
i wouldnt do the blocks of value, if your goal is lines. its a completely different approach. if you want to learn to draw using non-scratchy lines... practice lines. i doubt simply outlining premade shapes would help you in that department.
[edit (bluetooth keyboard stopped working ;()] after all the quality of your lines is secondary and it comes with just drawing anyway... where your lines go is much more important than their quality.
Last edited by sone_one; August 21st, 2012 at 05:34 PM.
sone_one, yeah, that's what I started doing- drawing lines, circles, point-to-point arc lines. I wanted to do the dots all over the page method and the drawing from the shoulder but, I was out of 18x24" newsprint until today.
Most of my lack of confidence is line drawing still life. Like, the perspective of cylindrical things,, like say a flower pot. Drawing the plant isn't as much of a chore as is drawing the ellipse of the mouth of the flowerpot. If I take a photograph of what I'm looking at and use the photo to build the composition and the actual still life for everything else, I do loads better. Just looking at still life,, my confidence goes down.
No big deal though, I'll just keep doing the exercises.