ellipses and circles have been my bane recently. It's one thing to make a *circuluar* object or shape, it's another thing entirely to freehand a perfectly circular (say, a clockwork gear), let alone with accurate foreshortening.
Does anyone have any tips for working with these elusive creatures? Clearly, if I was working in photoshop, this would be less of an issue, but I'm doing my pieces freehand pencil and ink.
The biggest problem I'm facing is that, when dealing with shapes that demand some kind of precision in concept, the slightest error (say, a slight flattening of an arc or vague misalignment of a spoke) is glaringly obvious. Somehow, I have this idea that there's a cheat that freehand draftsfolk who are not robots use, sort of like guitarists who tune their guitars between keys, if that makes any sense.
...or should I just dig up my protractor and compass from high school, gods knows from where...
Included are the two guilty parties.