How to Draw Confident Lines - The Tapered Stroke
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Tapered stroke is not easy. Some positions and angles are definately harder for my hand. It is easier to draw it from shoulder...
I connected the ends with another stroke to make it look like one long stroke. It seems that I could get the tapper part at the ends of my strokes and not the beginning. Guess I’ll have to practice this stroke more…
My approach to the exercise involves using tapered strokes in a CSI pattern. This pattern consists of connecting a C stroke with an S stroke and then an I stroke, executed in random directions, sizes, lengths, etc.
11/6/2023 This day I’m gonna take it easy and practice the tapered Stroke. Tell me how I did and tell me what I should be practicing within the (free) basic drawing course.
8/6/2023 A little bit of practice today, feeling pretty good about it, however I should really study more often.
2/6/2023 Decided to draw different shapes with the Tapered Stroke, tell me how I did.
28/5/2023 I’m struggling greatly with the tapered stroke, also I think I should be doing something else a long with this.
27/5/2023 I tried to do some tampered strokes with Proko’s example of random doodles, the trying to do it when shapes.
Hi all, I would like to check something with you. I notice that I have a very hard time drawing a tapered stroke when my pencil is too hard. Is this "normal"? Does it make sense? Is it particular to me? Thanks for the input!
Is there a video that expands on how to practice or get used to drawing with the shoulder, elbow, and wrist? Or perhaps some examples of when to shift your emphasis from big arm movements to more of the elbow or wrist? For example, I'm pretty sure I wouldn't want to use my whole arm for fine details, but I don't yet comprehend these things. I just know that I tend to smudge my work when I hone in on certain things because I end up bracing my hand or elbow against the paper. Thanks so much!
Unless I missed it, this seems to be the first lesson on a technique that doesn’t give any technical advice on how to actually make a tapered stroke. One observation from this video and the following videos is that Stan seems to be using a pencil with a more rounded tip than when doing final detail work. Is a not-so-sharp pencil ideal for tapered strokes? After some experimenting, it seems tapered strokes can be achieved with less pressure at the beginning of the line and more pressure in the middle than back to less pressure for the “taper” when using the tripod grip. When using overhand grip it seems that angle of pencil comes more into play in giving additional control. All of this seem right? Any technical tips from you taper stroke ninjas would be great!
What I struggle with is drawing lines digitally. I just can't get over the mental connection to the screen. I know there are screen tablets these days, but those force me to look down over the screen and I've gotten a pinched nerve in my neck from doing that. I drew with nothing but a ballpoint pen for a long time and got decent penmanship doing that, but when I try to translate that to a digital medium, I just really really get down on myself for not being able to imitate the same accuracy and line quality. I'm constantly drawing, undo, drawing, undo. Can't seem to get the line to go where I want to in my mind. If anybody has any tips on this or can relate and wants to rant, I would love to hear from you. Thanks!
Tapered lines, and then tried to use tapered lines for some of the images in the video. I have a bad tendency to go back&forth instead of a single tapered line. I also tend to forget proportions when focusing on the tapering - probably need to box out the spaces first, even when doing tapered sketching. Anyway, the grandpa duck in the center isn't too bad.
I can't seem to start the line tapered. Ending a line tapered is easy as you flick the pencil of the page but how to start it?
I tried to practice some loose, confident lines by referencing an image of solidified lava. It was quite fun!
Doing some warm ups and discovered a fun warm up using loose sketching and tapered strokes for a different type of mushroom.
Hi all! I am going through this course using a tablet and CSP (this is my medium of choice for drawing). I have a problem with tempered strokes, and more precisely, to make my lines have a soft beginning, a thicker middle and a soft end again. I'm wondering if I'm the only one having a problem with mapping this on a tablet or is this something normal and I should rather focus on loose sketching? It bothers me a bit.
Could someone give me some advice with this tapered lines please? I tried to use the in these drawings but I don't think I'm getting it correctly. (I will keep practicing anyway but if someone has advice I would be greatful)
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