The Marks That Can Make a Drawing

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The warm-up exercises in Chapter 3 are always good to refer to for artists, calligraphers, forgers, and you. Take a moment and limber up your drawing hand with some circles,

curves, spirals, sweeps, swoops, smooth lines, and squiggles, just as you did in Chapter 3. Then, try some dots, dashes, crosses, hatches, and stripes. Find out which marks you like. Try to develop a vocabulary as you go along. Drawing is a language without words—but it does have a vocabulary we will be exploring in later chapters, including terms like tone, texture, shape, and shadow.

Practice making marks that please both your hand and your eye.

In addition, you may want to try cross-hatching in pencil. Try to practice making parallel lines to tone a part of your drawing. Then, go over them at an angle. Start with a 90-degree angle, but try others as well—45, 30—and see which you like. Or, try a mixture of angles over each other for a moiré pattern. It's less mechanical looking.

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