When you first picked up a pen or pencil and started making marks on paper, you began with line. Whether through self-taught trial and error, or the helping wisdom of others, we learned how line defines form, creates structure, divides a frame, traces contour, creates tonal variation (cross-hatching, for example) and leads the eye from one part of a work to another. Initially a mechanism for getting outline onto paper: identifying edges (a crucial but perhaps unappreciated step in the process of applying tone, texture and colour) lines begin at last to be applauded for their own merit: celebrated for their presence – whether a casual flick of charcoal on paper or a gentle and quiet streak of graphite.
Here is a collection of beautiful line drawings. I hope you enjoy them.
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This article was written by Amiria Robinson. Amiria has been a teacher of Art & Design and a Curriculum Co-ordinator for seven years, responsible for the course design and assessment of Art and Design work in two high-achieving Auckland schools. Amiria has a Bachelor of Architectural Studies, Bachelor of Architecture (First Class Honours) and a Graduate Diploma of Teaching. She is a CIE Accredited Art & Design Coursework Assessor. Follow Amiria on Google+