Lesson 5 and I still struggle with this

9:24 PM, Sunday June 4th 2023

I took about a six month break from DAB and I started getting prepared to continue and something I noticed I'm struggling with (and before the break as well) is the sausage forms that are so vital to the course. My sausages usually come out very uneven or wobbly or one side is almost straight or way bigger than the other side ect. Even just drawing an arbitrary sausage on a page turns out like trash. How do I stop sucking at them? I literally cant draw them.

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12:52 PM, Monday June 5th 2023

Not too sure how much this might help but maybe this could give you something to work off of. One thing I found that helped me consciously work towards getting a noticeably better and more consistent output on my sausages was to experiment as to where I started drawing them and to take a mental note as to which approach worked best for me. This might be a no brainer to some, but it took me a while to notice that I was drawing better sausages when I would start with the inward facing curve rather than the outward one. Also maybe another no brainer to some but I didn't fully realize that rotating the page could help in this context too, making sure I was drawing in a position where my hand wasn't blocking where I was drawing helped me here if that makes sense.

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3:21 AM, Thursday June 8th 2023

How are your single arc lines? Can you do a single, confident arc while following a set path? Maybe try the frayed lines exercises, but for arcing lines (small and large). Sausages are basically a set of two arcs, but connected.

The other thing is I've found is that is seems everyone has a "Goldilocks speed" for drawing (if you are familiar with the fairy tale of Goldilocks and the three bears)--not too slow (wobbly), and not too fast (inaccurate). Just right. If you experiment you can probably find your own current, personal "Goldilocks speed."

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