- Arts and Design
To Use Guide Lines Or Not To Use Guide Lines...
That, Is The Question.
So many artists, especially artists who are just starting to venture into this crazy world of artistic people, creativity, inspiration and chaos are wondering, do I use guidelines when draw? Should I? What do guidelines do and will it save me time not to do them? Are they worth the effort?
These are just some of the questions I will be answering on this hub, I hope that by writing this you can make your own decision if using guidelines when drawing is for you. Since this is a personal choice, read on.. find out the facts and decide, "To use guide lines or not to use guide lines, that is the question."
Guide Lines: Purpose And Cookie Cutter Drawngs
Guide lines are used as a simple measure to make sure that your proportions are anatomy correct on a drawing, whatever that drawing may be.
Drawing human faces however is the most common use for guidelines, drawing faces is very difficult because of all the features and lines on a face. However using guide lines for these can also be hard and should be used lightly.
As an artist you should be able to look at a drawing and notice the main features that makes that person them. Some people's eyes are uneven, some people have a longer nose or larger one, the lips may be fuller or not. These are all aspects you should consider looking at. However most artists with guide lines forget to take factor these special features that make us unique, such as the uneven eyes.
Now while guide lines if not carefully used can make cookie cutter drawings there are things that can go wrong without using them.
Guide lines are used to keep proportions in proportion, therefor not using guide lines can make keeping things in proportion harder, however not impossible.
In other words guidelines have their advantages and disadvantages to them, depending on what you are careful and not careful about. If not used properly everything can become cookie cutter, if not used at all drawing can be poorly proportioned, this will show. Using guide lines is a personal choice, you can choose to use them or not the decision is completely up to you.
Facts, Questions, Answers, Ending Notes:
- Guide Lines Keep Drawings In Proportion
- Guide Lines if not carefully used can make cookie cutter type drawings
- Guide Lines should be done in pencil so they may be erased
- Guide Lines should be drawn lightly or risk leaving residue on the paper after erasing.
- Should I use Guide Lines?
- Does using Guide Lines Help?
- How Long do Guide Lines take?
- Does using Guide Lines waste time?
- Using Guide Lines is a personal choice
- Using Guide Lines often helps keep drawings in proportion
- Guide Lines do not need to be perfect, they are not final lines, Guide Lines usually take between 5-10 minutes when casually drawing.
- If you do not need guide Lines to draw a your drawing anatomy correct then maybe they do, if your drawings look better when you used them it doesn't sound like a waste of time. ;)
Using Guide Lines is a personal choice, as I have said before... take into consideration your situation and drawings and hen you can make your choice. Remember you can use Guide Lines for any drawing... and you don't have to for any drawing. Have Fun! ^_^