In this chapter, you will learn various approaches to line drawing. When thinking about drawing with line, you may say to yourself, "but I can't even draw a straight line." This shouldn't be an obstacle to working from nature because straight lines very rarely exist in nature, if at all.
Introduction to Line Drawing 120
Examples of Line Drawing 121
Irregular Objects as Still Life 126
Using a Grid for Accuracy 128
How to Use Your Grid 130
From the Negative to the Positive 131
Block In the Setup 132
Map It Out 133
Variations - on a Palm Frond 138
Gaflery: Line Drawings 140
Based on the archaeological evidence, it appears that approximately 25,000 to 30,000 years ago, line drawing was one of the visual ways our earliest ancestors employed to record aspects of the world that they inhabited. To anyone who has seen images of cave drawings, in books or in the actual caves in southern France and Spain, it is clear that these individuals were skilled. These line drawings are pure examples of artistic expression.
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