Should we take our time when ghosting while not skipping beats?

3:49 PM, Friday June 26th 2020

In the ghosted lines exercise, I hear Uncomfortable talk about the importance of not skipping a beat or breaking the rhythm when we ghost our lines. However, earlier on in a previous lesson, he mentions that confidence comes with preparation. In other words, we had to take our time to position our pen at the start of each guideline. So like how we ensure that the superimposed lines don't fray on both sides, should we also ensure that each line for the ghosted lines exercise starts precisely on a point, and not just near it?

If so, how are we meant to take our time in doing so while not breaking any rhythms when ghosting?

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5:51 PM, Friday June 26th 2020

This is just a personal view ( I have to preface everything with that now as sometimes my view isn't canon ).

Firstly, you should be aiming to draw a line from one point to another exactly. That doesn't mean you should obsess about it.

It's a balance between accuracy, confidence and speed. Often your practice may focus on one of these to the detriment of the others. But it's all good. If you feel you are drawing too fast and losing accuracy, switch to focussing on accurate lines. If your are drawing confidently but slowly focus on upping speed. Eventually all aspects will be improved and your drawing of quick, accurate and confident lines will manifest itself.

With the ghosting I find I ghost 2 or 3 times from point to point as accurately as possible and then just draw the line. I'm starting to get quite good now but it's taken 4 months.

This will take a lot of time and a lot of focussed practice but eventually will become second nature.

12:50 AM, Tuesday June 30th 2020

Thanks for your reply. I'll keep this in mind.

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1:22 AM, Saturday June 27th 2020

You can see the starting point clearly. There's absolutely no reason you cannot move your pen EXACTLY to the start point with each ghosting motion.

You see the point and you move your hand to align the pen tip to it. No need to think (or over think it). If you have trouble doing this then maybe you are speeding thru the ghosting so fast that accuracy suffers. It's better to keep a constant rhythm thru the whole ghosting, slow down a bit if you have to.

11:14 PM, Monday June 29th 2020

Thanks for answering. I do agree with those parts.

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11:05 AM, Sunday July 12th 2020

Pretty late to this thread, but I've just finished Lesson 1 so thought I'd include what I learned about ghosting.

A DaB member on Discord said this which stuck in my head: "You're only committed to a line, not a point." Ghosting is the way of developing confidence in executing that line/curve without actually committing yet, but once you actually put pen-to-paper and commit to drawing it, that's where your confidence and accuracy are revealed for what they really are.

In a way, you can use your linework as diagnostic to whether you're using ghosting effectively. After all, its purpose is to help you build confidence and draw better lines. For example, if your lines are wobbly, or if you're constantly missing the starting point, it's telling you something about your confidence and/or accuracy. You may have to slow down, or speed up, or "place" your pen tip more carefully when drawing the line. Ghosting helps you improve your confidence/accuracy/etc without having to commit to the line yet.

And you should be ghosting in the same way as your draw the line. Ghosting slow and methodical, but drawing quickly and "carelessly", defeats the whole purpose of ghosting. After all, the only evidence of your current ability is in the line you actually make, no matter how careful or perfect your ghosting is.

Hope this helps someone, that's what I learnt from Lesson 1 about how to use ghosting effectively to help me draw better lines and curves.

1:00 PM, Wednesday July 15th 2020

Thanks for your reply. I think that makes some sense to me.

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12:54 AM, Wednesday July 15th 2020

You ghost only in one way. So you ghost (faster) from point A to point B, then slowly come back to the starting point. You can do that as many time as it takes. Once you're ready, you can also slowly put your pen down, then cut the paper like a samurai. The priority is having a sexy line. Hitting the mark comes after. Stopping at the mark is the third priority (try not to stop but to lift the pen instead).

12:45 PM, Wednesday July 15th 2020

Thanks for the reply.

Yes, that pretty much makes a lot of sense to me. One question I have though - would that increase tapering in my line work if I were to lift the pen instead of stopping at the mark? And is this okay, or not?

2:04 PM, Wednesday July 15th 2020

It does, and that's ok. That's what Uncomfortable recommends anyways. It is better having some tapering in your line work than having a curvy, wobbly, end to your line.

7:35 PM, Saturday July 18th 2020

Alright then. Thanks for your time.

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