Grab a pencil and a piece of plain white paper, and put some dots vertically on the the left side of the paper and same dots on the right side, then draw a line from left to right connecting the dots, try to draw the lines straightly with no curves, then rotate the paper and do the same, You may do it top to bottom. Straight lines aren’t real. They exist only in vector, as the shortest way between two points. You can cheat and use a ruler, but most likely your hand will never learn to draw perfectly straight, long lines. Even if it starts as something perfect, the longer you draw, the more mistakes can be made.
If drawing a long line is almost impossible, we can use short lines that our hand is more adapted for. Just look at the picture below. The shorter the lines, the closer to the original the picture is.
Let’s say you want to draw a flower like below. You can see it’s built of a straight line, a perfect circle and a few of curves with precise angles. I guess you can draw it very slowly, very carefully driving the lines from point to point, Drawing isn’t a chore, it should be fun!
Technical drawing (straight lines, perfect circles) requires concentration. It’s about drawing things exactly as they are. There’s no space for creativity or personal style, since style comes from diversity.
- Divide the long lines into short ones;
- The more curves, the shorter the lines;
- Touch the paper very lightly, don’t press your pencil hard;
- Keep it fast!
Now, fill the spaces between the lines with the ones it’s lacking. The rules from the previous step still apply.
You can now stress the defined lines with a marker or pressing the pencil harder.
It’s done! It doesn’t look exactly like original, but you can see some style in it, a bit of your personal character, a real work of your hands! You can notice it even looks more natural than the original, because nature isn’t perfect. What’s most important, once you cross the boundaries, you can easily change everything! Paradoxically, the less accurate your lines, the more natural the drawing.