From doodling to noodling, or how to take a line on a walk

Most of us doodle. We move our pencil or pen spontaneously and we do not worry much about the outcome. This loose attitude towards drawing — spontaneous, relaxing, and non-judgemental — is the ground...

How to construct a paraline circle at 45°

In paraline drawings, all circles appear as ellipses except true circles — those that appear in planes parallel to the picture plane. Follow the four-step instruction to constructing a paraline circle at 45° that recedes to the right. theoria:       newsletter Archilibs has a free fortnight...

The arrow as an active linear symbol

As an abstract graphic language, arrows have great meaning in conceptual diagramming since they largely express movement and the idea of corridors. The most common active linear subjects when diagramming are automobile circulation, pedestrian circulation,...

Arrows, bubbles, and hatches: The language of conceptual diagrams

Conceptual diagrams are derived directly from bubble diagrams. They are highly abstract and symbolic. Concept diagrams can be done with any free flowing media, such as pencil, marker, felt pen, or coloured pencils.There are no conventional symbols...

Drawing tools: Pencil and graphite grade template

Graphite pencils have been around since the 16th century. While the science of pencils may have moved on a bit since then, with today's pencils more durable, easier to sharpen and more comfortable to...