How to Suggest Outlines and Edges

Suggest Outline by Drawing Line

There is nothing wrong with drawing outlines, but all too often the outlines destroys the 3D effect the drawing is trying to create. The trick is to suggest outlines and edges in your sketch by drawing line. It sounds a contradiction but it does work. Suggesting outlines and edges makes sketches so much more convincing as a drawing. The easy drawing tutorial also covers hatching and cross hatching to create my tonal drawings.
It is easy to create a suggestion of outline or an edge by drawing line. This art tutorial explains how to use line to suggest the angle of a surface and the edge between them. How to draw a leaf, a pencil a tube and a flower are all covered in this tutorial. I am using a 2B pencil for the drawings, but any pencil can be used for this drawing method.
This video is suitable for primary school children and students in high schools or secondary schools as well as absolute beginners to drawing.

Links to other useful tutorials are listed here:
Learn Edges not Outlines Part 1
Find outEdges not Outlines Part 2

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