Freehand – Draw lines and curves

First, I want to apologize for coming back to you after a gap longer than expected.

Too many things to do at a time 🙁

Hope by now you all have gained expertise in shading. If you are having any questions, please comment on the last post and I will respond back. You can also share what you have tried by mailing to [email protected].


Now let us go to the next step, drawing lines and circles without using any tool.


The tool reduces the natural look and blocks the flow of your drawing and imagination.

Drawing straight lines and rounds can be very easy if you take care of a few things.


Draw lines straight and smooth:

There are 3 aspects here: Speed, pressure, and point of pressure

The slower you draw the wavier the line will be.

The more pressure you put the wavier the line will be.

The trick is to hold the pencil light and draw fast.

One very important thing to take care of is which part of the hand should move and where should the pressure lie. Most of you would be moving your fingers while resting on the wrist. What you must do is move the hand from the elbow. See the video below to see how I am doing it.


You might feel you are losing control of where the line goes like this but as you practice a bit you will be able to draw smooth lines at and till the right point.

Please note you are not required to draw as straight as with a ruler.


Draw circles and ellipses:

Different people use different ways to draw a circle without any tool. Some make lines or points while some rotate the paper keeping the hand in one place. This is not a feasible solution while drawing as you would be drawing circles of different sizes and you may be drawing on different sizes and materials.

Use the same technique as you used to draw the line. Hold the pencil light and draw fast. Move the arm instead of the palm. If your elbow is moving, you will have better control.



And of course, practice will make you perfect 🙂

In the next session, we will understand the shade of objects from different angles and different directions of the light source

Keep practicing!!!

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