Yes, You Too Can Draw! – Ch 6 — The Line of Direction


Plants: Lines of Action or Lines of Direction?

Plants are technically living things, but they don’t exactly move. Or they don’t move fast enough for us to notice. But plants do get blown around on windy days. When plants are being pushed around by the wind, it is perfectly fine to use lines of action. Otherwise you’ll use lines of direction to define the angle or direction of the plant. Let’s take a look at some examples below:

An example of a plant with a line of action drawn A tree with a line of action

In both examples, we can easily define a main line of direction. I’m using line of direction due to the lack of movement in both examples. The main lines of direction in both examples seem like a central spine for both plants. We can also add secondary lines of direction, creating a skeleton of sorts. See the example below:

Trees using both a main line of direction and many secondary lines of direction.

In the example above, we can see a pair of trees using both a main line of direction and multiple secondary lines of direction. Just like when drawing humans, we can use a stick-figure to define a plant’s main trunk and branches. From there, we can flesh it out using simple geometric shapes and refine it’s form to complete there.

Put It Into Practice

For today’s assignment, I going to have you apply what you learned today about both the line of direction and the line of action. I want you to do three drawings (They don’t have to look great.) Draw an inanimate object using lines of direction, draw a living subject (animal or human) using lines of action, and draw plant using lines of action or lines of direction. You can post a link to your finished works on this page, or post it up on Twitter for everyone to see.



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