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Title: Line Weights
Post by: bmccurd1 on September 02, 2014, 08:33:21 pm
When hand drafting I have a hard time making different line weights. What is the best way to get different line weights?
Title: Re: Line Weights
Post by: snowak on September 03, 2014, 04:25:33 pm
Hi Bmc:

This is a good question. There are basically two ways you can achieve variation in your line weights for hand drafting. One way is to first use the proper leads. Leads have different levels of hardness and softness. Softer leads will give you a heavier, thicker, darker line.... harder leads will give you lighter, thinner lines (as long as the tip is sharpened well).

Leads that are H leads are hard leads (the higher the number of the lead, the harder it is)
Leads that are B leads are soft leads (the higher the number of the lead, the softer it is)
The lead called HB is in the middle...

The second way to get different line weights is to vary the pressure of your hand as you draft. The harder you press, the heavier and wider your linework will be...

I hope that helps give you two methods of controlling your line weights!
Title: Re: Line Weights
Post by: DrCPriest on September 09, 2014, 02:50:31 pm
Prof. nowak has some great tips, see if the attached can be of some help as well: