Decide On A Style

Deciding on a style of execution of your drawing will depend on how far you intend to carry the extent of finish of the drawing, and what you are interpreting. Do you intend to make a complete picture touching all four sides? Do you want to do an outline or contour drawing of a rock or leaf? Or do you wish to create a designed drawing to fit a specific shape like a vignette? The drawings on this and the following two pages show two different styles of execution: a contour drawing and a vignette.

Contour Drawing

A contour drawing is simply an outline of a subject, and it's an excellent way to sharpen your eye and your memory. You will find with a little practice that you can make beautiful contour drawings by varying the thickness of your pencil line as you draw, that is, by applying pressure for a heavier line, as in a shaded area, and easing up when you desire a thin line.

The large drawing (right) is a controlled contour, where I looked at both the tree and my paper. This helped me understand the makeup of this tree. The small insert was drawn while looking at the tree, but not at the paper, a good memory exercise. Another wonderful exercise in contour drawing is to study the subject for a minute or two, then draw from memory. Do not look at the subject again till you are finished. You will be surprised in time, as you practice these exercises, how close your drawings will come to the subject, and how your eye will start to pick out details you never noticed before.

Contour Drawing By the time I finished this contour drawing, I had thorough knowledge of this tree. I drew the small insert area by looking at the tree but not at the paper, whereas for the large drawing, I looked at the tree and the paper.
Tree Contour Drawing

Vignette

The beauty of working with a vignette is that it gives you an extra incentive to design with shapes. Your picture will not have four straight edges to hold it together. You may include an edge or border if you desire, and you can also shade the edge of your drawing by gradating the values from dark to nearly invisible.

Vignette

A vignette is a drawing or a design without four straight borders. It may have a partial border, such as the small drawing below. Notice how light the shading on the left is, leading you to the top of the trees and mountain, which is dark enough to hold the edge. On the right, I created a border with the curve of the grass, which leads your eye back to the left.

The vignette at right suggests a drawing that does touch all four sides of a rectangle, but as you can see, it is the shape that gives that illusion. There is no square edge to any side. Drawing a pleasant, balanced arrangement without four borders makes a successful vignette.

Vignette

The beauty of working with a vignette is that it gives you an extra incentive to design with shapes. Your picture will not have four straight edges to hold it together. You may include an edge or border if you desire, and you can also shade the edge of your drawing by gradating the values from dark to nearly invisible.

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Down the Road, 11" x 14", graphite pencil on Strathmore 2-ply bristol.

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