12 Curves Ahead

Materials you will need: Paper, heavy pencil or marker.


We’ve done drawings with one continuous line, lines drawn to music, drawings with no lines and drawings with only straight lines. Now it’s time to think curves. Try making a drawing using only curved lines. No apples, no round lampshades. Choose something with as many straight lines and angles as possible. A table or cabinet would do, or books on their shelves. Better yet, choose several items with straight lines and angles. Try different methods. Have straight lines parallel each other, or curve in opposite directions.


How hard was it to remember to turn angular shapes into round ones? Did your arm and hand feel particularly loose or tight while drawing this way? Were you able to get the feeling of your subject’s angularity even drawing curved lines? How did this compare to drawing with straight lines only?