Lesson 2: Contour Lines, Texture and Construction

5:26 PM, Thursday April 7th 2022

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  • Definitely more difficult, definitely not happy or satisfied with the outcome but definitely won't stop drawing boxes n cylinders.

  • Having a lot of trouble with curves and ellipses but found out on last 2 pages that I was holding my pen way too vertically. Holding it at around 50-60° helped a bit.

  • Textures also took way longer to get my head around and draw than I anticipated.

  • My brain melted at the Organic and Form intersections. I can visualize the intersections and cast shadows in my head before drawing them, but when it comes to putting them on paper, my brain farts, and then my room smells.

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Ellipse Master Template

Ellipse Master Template

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I haven't found the actual brand you buy to matter much, so you may want to shop around. This one is a "master" template, which will give you a broad range of ellipse degrees and sizes (this one ranges between 0.25 inches and 1.5 inches), and is a good place to start. You may end up finding that this range limits the kinds of ellipses you draw, forcing you to work within those bounds, but it may still be worth it as full sets of ellipse guides can run you quite a bit more, simply due to the sizes and degrees that need to be covered.

No matter which brand of ellipse guide you decide to pick up, make sure they have little markings for the minor axes.

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