In this lesson, instructors Heather Lenefsky and Chris Legaspi will walk you through how to use and sharpen your pencil. You will begin to experiment with different mark-making techniques through multiple drawing exercises.
This lesson belongs to the course Drawing Foundation I. This course is designed to empower new students with a structured approach to learning how to draw. Join instructors Steve Huston, Chris Legaspi, Heather Lenefsky, Catherine Bobkoski, Bill Perkins, Joshua Jacobo, and Mark Westermoe as you learn the fundamentals of perspective, rendering, and composition. After completing this course, you will develop a solid foundation in drawing.
Throughout this course, you’ll have access to the NMA community for feedback and critiques to improve your work as you progress.
Hi Omer, The great thing about video lessons is that if its too fast, you can rewind as many times as you need. But essentially they are using their pencils to measure the angles of things. Handing their pencil with a straight arm, they are able to replicate any vertical plane angle of an object. Here Heather is measuring where the crouch area of the figure lines up to in relationship to the head. As well as how the edge of the shoulder relates to the hip and how much spatial distance there is between each.
I hope this helps
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You know, I’ve been exposed to this “use your pencil to measure” technique my whole life and this is the first time I actually see how well it works and how valuable it is. Maybe it was just time for me to finally get it – but more likely it’s how the instructor took her time and really went into some depth. I’m working on the assignments and it’s the first time my drawings have genuine accuracy and look like the thing I’m trying to sketch. It’s like there’s a kind of tipping point – less accurate and they just look amateurish. Just a little more accurate and suddenly they take on a real depth and reality. Kind of magical.