Learn to how to divide a drawing into easy sections. Conquer "I can't do that, it's too difficult!" by breaking everything down into manageable parts. Haven't got the patience to spend 200 hours or more on a single drawing? Neither has Mike. He spends half an hour each on 400 small drawings that seamlessly join.

Division reduces stress, and greatly increases your involvement and understanding of each area. And it promotes a natural and realistic appearance, because it gives your mind time to recall everything you already know.

This in-depth video, the first of three, concisely explains and demonstrates how and why you should break every drawing down, into smaller and smaller sections, for results that will almost certainly surprise and delight you.


An introduction to division of work in drawing


Any drawing can be simplified by breaking it down into its individual elements. Working on only one at a time eliminates many problems, concentrates your attention, and relieves the stress of working on the whole drawing.
How do you have the patience to spend 25 hours on a single drawing?

Patience? None required...

Mike's often asked how he has the patience to work on a 25 hour, or even 250 hour, drawing. He doesn't! As he explains, he stitches together many small drawings that can be completed in a short time.
The concept of breaking a drawing down into manageable sections

The basic concept

Learning how to break down your work might be one of your most important discoveries. Mike presents the basic concept of breaking a drawing down into manageable sections that seamlessly flow into each other.
The more you break down any drawing the easier it becomes.

Identifying the parts

You must first learn to see the various parts of a project rather than the whole. The more you can break down any drawing, the easier it becomes.
Mike explains that a seemingly complex drawing is simply a repetition of a single shape.

Complex? not really...

Mike explains that a seemingly complex drawing is simply a curving lock of hair repeated again and again - drawn one lock at a time.
A list of the main division types in a pencil drawing

Division types

A breakdown of the principle types of division. And each of these can be broken down yet again.
Position as a division - background, midground, or foreground

Division by Position

Position explored as a means of dividing a drawing - that's background, midground, and foreground. How to recognise them, and why drawing one before another is beneficial.
Using textures to separate a drawing into areas.

Division by Texture

Using a child's spade and bucket, Mike explains why drawing sand, plastic, wood, and steel at the same time is not the ideal approach. And how separating them into individual parts benefits each of them.
Dividing the work in a drawing into different areas of undestanding.

Division by Understanding

A drawing can be divided, at any time, into areas you understand and those you don't. Mike gives advice on how to treat those "unknown" areas in a way that doesn't affect the pristine surface of your paper.
Breaking down different areas within a drawing

Division by Area

Dividing by area can, for example, be by object or surface. But each area can be broken down into even smaller and more manageable parts. Mike explains how a dog's nose can be divided into many separate drawings, which promotes a greater understanding of each part.
How to divide even single solid structures into a number of separate dxrawings

Dividing solid areas

Even solid areas, such as an old wooden door, can be divided and then divided again into sections. Every division serves to simplify the drawing even further.
Conclusion to the dividing of drawing for simplification

And finally...

Not only does division give your mind time to recall everything it knows about the subject beneath your pencil, it also focuses your attention and simplifies the drawing.

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Divide and Conquer
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