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# How do I draw with just a ruler and pencil? Answered

Is there any way with which I can draw something with a ruler and pencil

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You'll need a sheet of paper in addition to the ruler and pencil.

• Sharpen the pencil. The flat end of a brand new pencil doesn't make lines.
• Place the ruler on the sheet of paper.
• Place the sharpend point of the pencil down on the paper, lightly pressing against the edge of the ruler.
• Pull the pencil along the ruler for some distance, preferably shorter than the size of the paper.
Now you've drawn a line! Congratulations!

• Move the ruler so that it is touching one end of the line you just drew.
• Place the pencil at that end of the line, and repeat the process above.
Now you've drawn an angle! We're really getting somewhere here.

• Move the ruler again, so that it is touching the separate ends of the two lines you've drawn so far.
• Place the pencil against the ruler at one of those line-ends, and repeat the process above, stopping when you reach the second line end.
Now you've drawn a triangle, the simplest polygon! With enough triangles (and some crayons) you can do computer-generated animation. Enjoy your new career as an artist!

bomberman3 (author)2009-07-14

This is the obvious best answer.

fwjs28 (author)2009-07-08
• the flat end of a brand new pencil can make lines

kelseymh (author)2009-07-08

:-) Yeah, yeah, yeah. Just try to be a bigger pedant than me. See what it gets you :-)

stephNY (author)2009-08-08

I guess you're asking about using a ruler because you think geometric shapes look good and when all the lines are straight, it looks "right". I'd suggest doing a search on an artist/teacher named Mark Kistler, who has been teaching drawing techniques on PBS for years, and has a ton of good info on his website. He doesn't usually use a ruler, but he does use simple geometry which you could do with a ruler quite easily, while learnig some valuable lessons which will help in any kind of drawing you ever do!

Gjdj3 (author)2009-07-08

There's some cool geometric "art" you can do with a ruler and a pencil (plus some paper). It's sort of hard to explain, but you could just do some searching around.

fwjs28 (author)2009-07-08

how do you do that...must.. find...out!!!!

Gjdj3 (author)2009-07-08

It's actually really easy (to do a simple version). Maybe I'll do an Instructable on it.

gmjhowe (author)2009-07-08

You don't need that ruler! Throw that to one side. All you need is that pencil. Creativity does better with skill, but creativity is not bound by a level of skill. Just draw and draw, the more you do, the better you will get.

kelseymh (author)2009-07-08

Ah! So drafting is not drawing, eh?

With tongue firmly in cheek, obviously...

Atomman (author)2009-07-08

If your going to draw a human/head, keep curving the ruler as you make the head shape. You can also trace lines and make stars, windows and trees.