One of my instructors said I should only use pen for practice, and that's about all he said. So now all my figure drawings and studies are in pen, does anyone think it's also helpful to try and create conceptartish doodles in pen only for practice too?
I suppose it's to learn to be economical with lines. You won't be able to erase, and
thus the more crappy lines you put on, the uglier it gets.
As long as you're aware of why you're doing it, it should get easier the next time around.
I'm sure there's artists out there that are masters with the pen.
You can do figure drawings and studies in pencil just fine. There is definitely a point in a drawing where erasing only detracts from the image by creating a blurry smear on your paper that won't grab graphite off the pencil anymore.
well i guess your teacher has a point but its a bit of a lame way of teachign to just say "do that" and not telling you why as the others said, its to learn to make statements with lines and loosing oyur shiness of making wrong lines. usually what people do is to put a lot of scribbly shaky short lanes next to each other instead of doing one confident stroke (whic usually always looks better).
but i think its also necessary to draw with a pencil cause then you can start to work more painterly by thinking in shapes of light and dark instead of just lines to describe form. but both is necessary to udnerstand