Mass Drawing / Line Drawing- Learn to Draw Any Cartoon Character / What You See

Uploaded by kazanjianm on 08.09.2009

bjbjLULU In this video I am going to share a very effective training technique that I
use in my classroom. It is a strategy tailored for novice artists and it will make you better
at drawing what you see (also known as the skill of rendering). I call this process mass
drawing / line drawing. The process will seem awkward at first, but I have seen students
get great results once they understand the process. So please give it a chance. All that
you will need is a highlighter, a pencil and some paper. Lets begin. This is a mass drawing.
I used the highlighter to make a silhouette of the cartoon character, Ni Hao Kai Lan.
I scribbled it in quickly and as a single mass. This will serve as a guide for the second
step, the line drawing. This is a line drawing. Notice that it is done directly over the mass
drawing. But don't just outline; make corrections. The mass drawing will enable you to see the
big picture and the mistakes that you made. Many of my students have found it much easier
than guessing on a blank sheet of paper. So dont outline your mass drawing make corrections
while doing the line drawing. Take a second to look at how many changes I made to the
original mass, such as the right arm, the shoes and the hair. Still confused, thats
ok, watch the process a few times and you will begin to understand it. Remember that
it is just a drill and drills are used to build good habits for the future. This drill
will help you build observation skills and comparative skills which will help you develop
the ability to draw what you see. I don't expect you to use a highlighter for long.
In fact, I will show you a more advanced method, later on in the video. I will also teach you
a really cool trick that will get rid of the color from the highlighter. But for now, remember
that there are two steps to this process. Use the highlighter to create a mass drawing
of what you are trying to draw. If you are very new to drawing, try to make your mass
drawing a similar size to your reference picture or object. With more experience, you can experiment
with scale. Remember that step two, the line drawing, is meant to be a correction of step
one. I have observed that when my students do this process for the first time, they struggle
a bit, and complain that the yellow or pink from the highlighter "throws them off". Please
remember that it takes three tries, on average, to get fully acquainted with this process.
I have also observed that the students who improve the fastest, look at their reference
image more often. Get in the habit of looking at your reference image at least once for
every five seconds. To get rid of the color from the highlighter, flip over your drawing
and start to scribble all over the back. It is easiest to use the side of a graphite stick,
but you could also use a pencil. Once the back of your drawing is covered, flip it over
again and tape it down over a new piece of paper. Then, retrace over all of the lines.
I used a blue pen for this step. When you remove the tape, you will see a perfect print
of your drawing Now, I am using the pencil to create a mass drawing. Notice that I am
pressing very lightly while scribbling in the mass. I have observed that using a pencil
is a little bit more difficult for beginners due to the tendency to apply too much pressure
and leave dark lines. Also it is much easier to differentiate the bright colors from the
highlighter then the subtle tones of a pencil. Still, after you feel that you are progressing
with the markers, move on to this step. Do not worry about mastering the process with
the highlighter, just get comfortable enough, and move on. Thank you for watching my video,
I reply to all of my comments, so feel free to ask me a question, or just let me know
how it goes. Remember to try this at least three times before you judge the process.
I guarantee that it will feel foreign at first, but I have used it for eight years in the
classroom with a high success rate so give it some time. Happy drawing everybody! In
my demonstrations, I drew, Ni Hao Kai Lan, Spongebob, Homer Simpson, Moose A. Moose (Noggin),
Characters from Yo Gabba Gabba, Lilo from Lilo and Stitch, Wow Wow Wubbzy, Dora the
Explorer, Patrick Star (Spongebob), Stitch (Lilo and Stitch and Blue the Dog from Blues
Clues (Nickelodeon Noggin). I am confident that this process could teach you how to draw
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