Sometimes it's just a minor adjustment that you need to do to see massive improvement in your art. If you ever tried to draw hair, eyelashes, or any sort of dynamic shape, you probably had to do it more than once and had to go over your lines again and again to get it to look right.
The problem with this is that it will stiffen your lines and deprive your work from looking lively and organic. The following example is going to be very useful in deepening your understanding of this.
Let's see it together!
Look at the first set of lines and try to notice the difference between them and their counterparts on the right. The first set on the left are all of the same length and width; they're almost identical.
Look at the next group of lines. Again! Just like the first set.
There is no variation in their direction nor in their size, which simply looks odd and wrong.
Nothing robs your work from its glamour more than lines like this, especially when you're depicting organic objects. The funny thing is that this also applies for nature and its relatively still elements.
Contemplate the following scene and try to notice the shape patterns of the different components.
Did you notice the variation in shape, volume, and direction?
Do you see how different the mountain peaks are?
Do you see how even solid objects display variety in their design?
I want you to take a closer look at the clouds and the trees and compare them with the shape pattern of the mountains. What can you see?
I'm sure that you noticed how even the mountains have different edges, shapes, directions and masses. This is even more true for organic and dynamic objects, like the clouds and the trees, for these display even a higher level of shape variety in their composition than all the other elements in this photo.
If you keep this in mind next time you draw eyelashes, hair, or a lively scenery like the one above, you'll see an instant improvement in your art.
I'll give you a very good exercise to practice this method. Pick up something you drew, and try to see how dynamic and varied your lines and shapes are. Then try to redo your work with these ideas in mind.
You are bound to see an immediate improvement!
Let me know how this works out for you.
Always remember that there's nothing you can't achieve, and everything is possible if accompanied by belief.
Until next time