How to ghost curves and contours?

7:20 PM, Wednesday April 6th 2022

why the ghosting is great im kinda confused on how i would apply it to drawing curves and contours?

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10:46 PM, Thursday April 7th 2022

The thing to keep in mind is that the ghosting method is about splitting your markmaking into 3 distinct steps: planning, preparation, and execution.

  • Planning is where you ask yourself the purpose of the mark you're making, how you can set yourself up to execute it as effectively as possible (rotating the page, identifying start/end points in the case of straight lines, and otherwise establishing the nature of this mark for yourself so you clearly know what you're trying to achieve) and assessing whether another mark is already doing the job this one is meant to accomplish.

  • Preparation is where you ghost through the motion, getting familiar with what is physically required to make it, but without actually putting the mark down on the page yet.

  • And finally, execution is about making the mark confidently, without hesitation, from that moment the pen touches the page. No second-guessing, just push through and commit to the planning/preparation you've already completed.

This can apply to a mark of any nature, be it straight, curved, an ellipse, etc. and as you make a point of applying these for each structural mark you make throughout this course, it will train the habit in your subconscious to think before you act, so that outside of this course even if you don't use the ghosting method as explicitly as you are required to here, you will still show the capacity for greater control and awareness of your actions.

11:02 PM, Thursday April 7th 2022

Oh that makes sense Thanks Uncomfy!

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