Can I achieve different line weights by changing the pressure and angle of pen?

2:27 PM, Monday February 14th 2022

Hi drawabox community!

I'm doing the 250 boxes challenge and I have a question about achieving different line weights. For the first 100 boxes I change line weights by changing the pressure and angle of my pen. But when I was reviewing the lesson materials today I suddenly noticed that I should do this by drawing the same line twice.

I tried this new method today and it didn't turn out to be as good as my old method (see these two images, the first one changes line weights by changing pressure and the second one by drawing the same line twice). By drawing the same line twice I may experience fraying now and then and the result looks sort of messy.

I understand that these exercises are not for drawing beautiful pictures but to enhance our ability. Is it important to draw the same line twice, or more specifically, is there any purpose in applying this method (maybe it pushes us to make lines more accurate)? Will I miss something if I just change my grip to change line weights?

1 users agree
7:57 PM, Monday February 14th 2022

Well to me its pretty much like the superimposed lines exercise. So its about confidence.

I would suggest just doing everything in this course like it is supposed to be done. Misunderstanding are fine and thats what critiques are for. But if you know its suppose to be done a certain way then id do it exactly like that.

4:25 AM, Tuesday February 15th 2022

Thanks for the reply. I'll stick to the required method.

0 users agree
12:05 AM, Saturday March 5th 2022
edited at 12:08 AM, Mar 5th 2022

The written part of the challenge does say to go over certain lines a second time to increase the thickness, but in the challenge video Uncomfortable mentions that his lines already have some dynamism due to how he drew them initially (which I take as implying that he doesn't need to add any more line weight because he was able to control the line weight from the beginning), but that for students whose line weights are more uniform, they should increase the line weight a little bit (i.e. with a second stroke). The main goal as I understand it is to provide a visual hierarchy with subtly thicker outer lines, not specifically to draw each outer line twice; though, I can see how it's good practice. I've found I can accomplish this by simply adjusting my pen pressure without having to go over the lines a second time. I also don't see the point of doing 50% more work when we're already drawing and checking 250 boxes, especially when a good affect can be achieved by controlling line weight with pen pressure.

edited at 12:08 AM, Mar 5th 2022
The recommendation below is an advertisement. Most of the links here are part of Amazon's affiliate program (unless otherwise stated), which helps support this website. It's also more than that - it's a hand-picked recommendation of something we've used ourselves, or know to be of impeccable quality. If you're interested, here is a full list.
Sakura Pigma Microns

Sakura Pigma Microns

A lot of my students use these. The last time I used them was when I was in high school, and at the time I felt that they dried out pretty quickly, though I may have simply been mishandling them. As with all pens, make sure you're capping them when they're not in use, and try not to apply too much pressure. You really only need to be touching the page, not mashing your pen into it.

On the flipside, they tend to be on the cheaper side of things, so if you're just getting started (beginners tend to have poor pressure control), you're probably going to destroy a few pens - going cheaper in that case is not a bad idea.

In terms of line weight, the sizes are pretty weird. 08 corresponds to 0.5mm, which is what I recommend for the drawabox lessons, whereas 05 corresponds to 0.45mm, which is pretty close and can also be used.

This website uses cookies. You can read more about what we do with them, read our privacy policy.