Perspective Drawing - Pencil Or Pen - Which One Should I Use?
By: Sam O Welfair
Producing perspective drawings is very much like creating a technical drawing and a piece of art all at the same time.
There is a lot to the technical process and technique when you put down your first perspective lines- which in reality are construction lines - and it seems that using a pencil would give the best results. A hard-ish pencil would yield a tight precise and neat drawing. Choosing a softer pencil would however by default, produce a softer sketchier drawing.
If you are more analytical and precise in your approach, you might prefer the harder pencil. For a really neat delicate perspective drawing. If you like to use broad brush strokes when you draw, then you may like to use a softer pencil. The softer the pencil, the broader the strokes!
Whether you use a hard pencil for light and precise lines, or softer pencil for a more sketchier livelier feel, it really doesn't matter want you use- use what you like!
Just remember, try not to get bogged with excessive line work on top of line work. Instead, make your perspective lines quick and sketchy, and then when you are building up too many lines, use another piece of layout paper stuck down over the top and draw over the lines that you want.
Build up your drawing with fast sketchy progressive overlays of drawings until you arrive at the finished thing.
This is the approach I use for all my drawings now. And in fact I exclusively use pen only. I use pens because with the very first perspective line that a lay down, those very lines give me a feel for how the drawing will turn out because they are very black and show up strongly on the paper, especially when I am looking for a certain angle or view point in the drawing, whether a high perspective view or low one.
By using semi worn down fibre tipped pens to get my first lines down, I draw a loosely as possible and gradually build up the speed in which I draw.
Then when I have the basic shapes down, I overlay with fresh sheets of layout or marker paper and draw over the lines that I want, but this time using a new pen, making sure to 'flick' the pen across the paper to achieve sketchy lines. Think of brushing bread crumbs off the table... the flick of the wrist!
Once the drawing starts to take shape, slow down and begin adding detail to the subjects in your drawing. It could be a chair or piece of furniture, a camera on the table, an enormous glass window to a cool house etc.
So it doesn't really matter what you use, pen or pencil. so long as you're comfortable with drawing with it and you stay reasonably loose. You can still produce a tight detailed look to your perspective, yet have a drawing that is lively to look at.
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