To understand a diagram, you must first have a basic understanding of the principles behind it. Here are some basic principles:
The diagrams you use have a single goal – to make a point. You don’t want to get stuck on the same point, because then you won’t be able to focus correctly. Instead, you want to be learning the techniques, not the theory behind them.
I’ll do an example of drawing for beginners, because this is one of my most popular diagrams.
This is the easiest diagram to draw. You may wish to take a look at the explanations in the link above.
The goal of the diagram is to show the “top of the body” through the top of the head.
This is a very simple diagram, but it’s also the most important one.
The “top” of the body is the point on the diagram above which you want to draw a line from.
Let’s draw one.
Notice that in the upper left, you’ve taken a step back, towards your feet. That’s because that was the last step that you saw, in the “upper right” corner of the diagram earlier, before you started drawing.
It’s obvious how to solve this problem. You simply repeat that step, until you can’t anymore.
Here’s another example. This time with a little more detail. Again, I’ll do an example (see image below).
In this case, you want to draw a line from the upper left, and start off behind the head, before advancing to the face.
I’ll do an example (see image below).
Remember, when you can’t draw a line from a point, move to the next closest point or move a little bit past it. It’s all about learning how to move through the diagram.
The following are two diagrams from a book that I recommend:
One is a diagram that talks about the idea of using a drawing pen for drawing. Another is a diagram that illustrates the difference between using your fingers and drawing using a drawing pen:
Drawing with a drawing pen is very different from drawing with your fingers. I usually use my fingertips when I draw in front of my computer!
The drawing pen is also useful when you want to highlight small details, like the hands that hold the pencil.
What should a beginner draw?
Now that you have an idea in your head, let
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