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City Sketching 2: Line Language In Drawing

Lines are something like alphabets. With these alphabets we can construct not the words but something more similar to hieroglyphs. And we'll be using these hieroglyphs to describe the objects in our sketches.

City Sketching 2: Line Language In Drawing

Lines are something like alphabets. With these alphabets we can construct not the words but something more similar to hieroglyphs. And we'll be using these hieroglyphs to describe the objects in our sketches.
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The properties of the line are not very numerous, they are the darkness of the line and thickness of the line.
On this video, I use as examples the imaginary landscapes. They are small and laconic but nevertheless informative.
Now we start to work with the real landscape. And one more interesting thing: here is landscape which includes water surface. In the first video, I'll show preparatory part of the line sketch.
The preparatory part of the sketch is ready, and now we are going to finalize the sketch with the lines only without any shading. We'll be using the line language in case of the real landscape to describe the properties of the objects in it.

The properties of the line are not very numerous. They are the darkness of the line and the thickness of the line. Pressing pencil harder we get a darker line and pressing lighter - lighter one. The thickness of the line depends on the sharpness of the pencil.

But, having this simple tool, we can describe the world around us, giving to a viewer sufficient information to perceive depicted objects. And not only objects but their qualities too. We do it using the line language, wherefrom lines we construct something similar to hieroglyphs.

It is straightforward to understand the meaning of these hieroglyphs because they are built on logic. I'll give you examples of some landscapes to show how it works.

Requirements

You don’t need any experience in drawing. And a minimum drawing set: sketchbook, pencils, and eraser is enough.

The properties of the line are not very numerous, they are the darkness of the line and thickness of the line.
On this video, I use as examples the imaginary landscapes. They are small and laconic but nevertheless informative.
Now we start to work with the real landscape. And one more interesting thing: here is landscape which includes water surface. In the first video, I'll show preparatory part of the line sketch.
The preparatory part of the sketch is ready, and now we are going to finalize the sketch with the lines only without any shading. We'll be using the line language in case of the real landscape to describe the properties of the objects in it.

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Evgeniy Stasenko

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Hello, my name is Evgeniy Stasenko. I am an artist from Moscow now living in Barcelona. I graduated from Moscow Pedagogical University, Fine Arts & Graphic Department and have practiced both fine arts and teaching ever since, for more than 30 years by now.

As a teacher, I have always aimed at creating an integral system, a consistent range of methods that would allow me to effectively teach drawing and painting to any person regardless of skills. These methods come as the result of experience; they are tested in practice and proven to give fast results. As well, I have extensive experience in creating specific short-term courses, not to mention fine art workshops, etc.

I wrote some textbooks. “The Art School” and a course of three books on Developing Drawing for primary aged kids are available only in Russian now. My book "Composition of a Picture: Theory and Exercises" is available on Amazon both in Russian and in English. The subject of artistic composition given in a clear and logical way – it is really useful. This theory is unknown outside Russia and English translation helps to improve the situation.

In 1994 I got an award of the All-Russia Exhibition Center for teaching.

In 2006 my biography was published in the encyclopedia Who is Who in Russia. 

In 2015 I moved to Spain.

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