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Saturday, December 24, 2016

One-Line Drawing.... and Writing

I like One-Liners.

Well, let me expound upon that.

Yes, I like short, witty remarks; but for now, I'm referring to One-Line Drawings.... and Writing.

By the very act of drawing - or writing - in one continuous line and not being 'allowed' to lift the pen from paper until the drawing is complete, I have to let go of controlling how I think that something should look, and simply accept the end result.

Due to all the loops and back-tracking needed to complete a drawing, one-liners are not realistic renderings. Plus, there's no taking a break to survey the work and correcting a perspective that went awry.

So, when I found myself accepting a sketch outing with my friend Calvin, I committed to drawing only one-liners.  I also promised myself that I would work more quickly than usual, in hopes that my subconscious would come forward, and perhaps, allow my work to be more freeing.  (I can be painfully slow at most things, whether it's eating, drawing, knitting, etc.)

A venture such as this begged for breaking in my brand-new, 5 1/2" x 8 1/2" hard-back, Strathmore journal with toned gray paper.  Coupled with a few pens, and I was ready to go.

We crossed town to the Cleveland Museum of Art and immediately set out for the Torso of Venus, which resides in the Roman section.  After a few drawings of her, we made our way to the 2nd floor..... and, that's when I felt a quickening to set pen to paper.

The attraction?  Auguste Rodin's, bronze sculpture: The Heroic Head of Pierre de Wissant, one of the Burghers of Calais, 1886.





Time was limited, so I had only one opportunity to draw his head.  On the left side is an example of one-line writing; more of a creative lettering style, rather than calligraphy.