Our hand holds the pencils, markers, the yarns, the paints to create our handicraft, our craftsmanship, artisanship, art, our handy work; drawings completed or not, our achievement shows.
By practicing drawing, we learned skill, as with handwriting and calligraphy. We practice, and of course, at first, we create scrawls and scribbles, recommended in art. Remember, all your mistakes are creative and lead to your next creation. Mistakes are gifts to use.
The pencil is handy, useful, convenient, practical, easy-to-use, well-designed, user-friendly, user-oriented, helpful, functional, and ready for one's fingers. Our skilled fingers are eager to learn. I love my hands and my fingers which become exceptional at what I intend to do draw, and this takes practice.
Hold the pencil, touch the paper, feel your control, power, charge, authority, command, responsibility, management, care, if clutching and grasping, relax, you become proficient and capable as you guide your fingers to symbolize your vision with the pencil; nifty.
With fingers holding the pencil, press hard or softly with the point to make details. For thick lines use the side of the point, which makes values. The fingers push and pull moving the pencil into zip-zags, curves, and pressing dots, which create textures that the fingers once felt, eyes saw, and now drawn. From your vision to mind to hand and fingers is control cooperation.
Assignment: On paper or in your sketchbook on pages 16 and 17 with pencil or markers draw four vertical line close to each other from the top of the page to the bottom. The lines parallel to each other. Draw a meandering line very tiny now growing huge across the page. Add several large dots about seven anywhere. Draw a broken line across the bottom. From left to right draw a zig-zag line now a small one for the right to left. Add a large equal scallop and a small, unequal scallop. Now, add one strong thick straight line anywhere, and lastly, add one diagonal line.
Look at your designed with lines. A MESS, NO! You have expressed freedom and motion with a bit of direction, called non-intentional abstract expressionism. Remember, the fingers were the performers. You mind translated the types of line, the fingers on your hand controlled the pencil and directed the translation onto the paper. Art is another language.
Take these abstracted lines and add textures, value, and colors to build into a piece of art. If we could see other drawings, each would be as varied as we are.