Lines Drawn

Line is idea.
Line is seeing.
Line is doing.

LINE is used to inspire easy, simple ways to create and view art.
LINE is one of the art elements necessary for a piece of art.
LINE is a universal element shared between peoples.
LINE creates and defines objects in one's environment.
LINE organizes one's environment.
LINE defines a vision for an observer. 
LINE employs principles and values that create artistic style.

DRAWING LINES is an easy, simple way to organize art.
DRAWING LINES is to discover lines in our environment, then to transpose these seen lines, and direct another person's vision.
DRAWING LINES make art readable for a viewer.
DRAWING LINES in a medium with color, texture, shape, and value is an artist's personal style.

Line is the first of the elements of art and includes textures. You will work with your pencil or pens, the best tools to experiment.
Line is also the path to understand composition in art pieces. You only need a few techniques to make and read art.

You learned skills that are used in producing art when you learned to draw the alphabet. Drawing line has rules, also, though nothing like spelling and grammar that make a sentence readable. An artist has the freedom to tease, trick, and make magical visuals with lines, textures, onto shapes with values and color, and into space to entice viewers.

Come on the journey with line, with each lesson drawn in your sketch book, these how-to-draw lines will help you see and understand how lines organize and define what you see around you.

When done with your study, you will have many works of ART!

#1 - Line art is fun and easy. 

On the journey with line each lesson about my be line will be drawn with pencil in a simple sketchbook or paper of your choice. This easy how-to-study will helps us see lines that are around in our environment. When done with with study, you will have many works of ART!

Get you pencil and your a sketch book. If you do not have a sketchbook, we will make one.

Or, if you rather just a piece of paper, or a post-it pad, any pad for making simple sketches. Remember the larger the size of paper, the more time spent on making sketches. When done with our study, you will have understanding of LINE, I like to say of READING ART!

Remember mistakes are gifts to the artist, a way to stretch the mind to generate and motivate inspiration.

To make the sketchbook, take two sheets of 8 by 11, letter size any color paper, I like white. Fold the two paper in half and cut on the fold line, slide the 4 sheets together, fold, and cut on the fold. You have 8 small sheets, slide together, fold these in half, cut, slide together, you have 16 smaller sheets with 32 sides. Notice, scissors cut a line. 

Now, to keep the book together. 1) You can staple along the center fold. Or, 2) You can sew in an easy, simple way. Don't panic,; this is a simple book. If you have a needle, or any sharp pointed edge, the scissors, make four large holes in the center fold. Then finding any string, thread, shoelaces, or twine, or thin wire you have handly, push through the holes. Leave a long end to tie. Pull the string through the holes and tie the ends together on the outside the book. I like to leave the strings dangle.

We used a 3D thread line to hold the rectangles pages together.

You can make a cover for this small book. Open book and place on a colorful piece of paper or any paper you have. Cut around the edges of the open book a bit bigger so the cover will fit when folded and covering the pages.

Now the last, on the cover of the small sketchbook write your title and sign your name; this is a commitment for fun. Lately, put numbers on your book's pages in the bottom corners. On page one, again put your title and sign like on the cover! This study of lines is yours to own! Writing and words are lines.

We are ready to draw!

ASSIGNMENT: On pages 2 and 3 draw the types of scribbles you see. Draw 20 we use and see daily. WORDS are lines.The most common kinds of lines drawn are vertical, horizontal, diagonal, parallel, zigzag, cheese, curves, half circles, circles, scalloped, spirals, curves of force, smooth, rough, thick, thin, straight, meandering, broken, dots. 
Here are twenty common lines.

Assignment: On pages 4 and 5 take the lines drawn on your first  pages and with your pencil and a piece of paper or in the sketchbook make a free-form, non-controlled, abstract, non-objective drawing. Your first work of art.

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Drawing line is a creative craft.

Line is an art element that makes possible the crafting of art. We see lines everywhere; carefully observe to what we are seeing. Lines are the shapes and textures, and also depth and volume in our vision.

Look closer, see the lines that make-up the textures on shapes; lines craft squares, diagonals, horizontals, scribbles, circles, etc. like weaving, and quilts; all that we see. Take a depth look at the environment, your environment: your desk, what is around your computer? When you walk, notice the path and surroundings. As you look out a window notice how line creates leaves and flowers so we can see them.

Get ready, we're to take a walk with your pencil on your piece of paper in your sketchbook. If you did not make a sample sketchbook, a piece of paper will do. Remember, the bigger the paper, the more you can draw while the smaller the paper will be less involved.

Think about the pencil in your hand that holds the line; your power comes through your eyes to your brain into your imagination down your art onto the paper. When you hold a pencil, the energy from the seeing and feeling the scene goes into the pencil and onto paper. All of us have this visual acuity.

With the pencil, we are to take a walk with your feet, notice what is touched, the motion, how these feel. Or, take the walk with the pencil through your feelings/emotions as you drawn the lines. Or, as you walk, draw what you see in the environment. On pages 6 and 7 with the pencil on to to your adventure with drawn line. Keep the pencil on the paper and move it as you read.


Taking a walk with LINE.

You park your car. Open the door and walk to a bench and sit, observing. Opps! You drop your keys, bending over you to pick them up. Too far under the bench, you must Kneel. Then crawl under the bench to reach them. Stand. Reach into the sky. Stretch. Step on the trail. Walk. Jump. Dance. Twirl. Now, hop over a creek and only to slip into the water. Standing, you wipe your self off. Then splash the creek with your feet. Bend over, pick up a rock, throw it into the creek. Splash. Opps! Snag! You see the gnarled roots sticking up tugging on your sock. Pulling. Tumble. You fall again into the water. You crawl to the edge. Climb up the bank and sit, looking at the creek, sky, and trees. Silence. When dried, you walk around the gravel path to your car, laugh, sit inside and start the engine. Back from the parking space and turn onto the paved road.

Assignment: Make this line walk into a drawing on pages 6 and 7, using various lines to fill in the shape, you are telling a story.


Line defines what we see.
Line delineates, describes, presents, outlines, sketches, depicts, represents; specify, identify what an artist sees.
Trees branch out with lines.
Telephone wires stretch long and thin.
People are composted with many lines.
Water flows with lines rippling on the surface.
The lines an artist draws suggest a story the artist wants us to see.

The lines from our walking awoke us to the fact that traveling is line, sometimes straight, or curves, or spirals or a circle, as "running around in circles." We walk upstairs in a zig-zag. Our body stands vertically to the horizontal or diagonal path, which can be smooth, rough, thick, or thin. We step on textures.

Actually used line  \, -, and z.

When we walk, the air is all around as the space on the page. We swim on top of the water, which is a line dividing water from the air. Water runs in a line as all liquids; gravity pulls us down in a line. We on the top of the earth, which is a line that divides the ground from the sky, which is the space on a flat piece of paper. The ground is a textured shape on the paper.

We drive our scooters, bikes, and cars in a line; trains and planes travel in lines. Our time is measured as a line through time. Looking carefully, we connect with others through lines, our walking, driving, sitting. I wonder if thinking is a line like a sentence.

Assignment: Choose three types of line, on pages 8 and 9 draw everything you see in a space like viewing through a window, walking on a pathway, or watching plants in a garden; draw just the textures of that space on the pages.



Line is an abstract symbol of/for an emotion.

Straight lines emphasis strength, endurance, and power; broken lines violence, chaos, destruction; horizontal lines calmness, serenity gravity, peace; vertical strength, dignity, grandeur, nobleness, support; diagonal lines vigor, action, progress; and a curve line graceful, rhythm, unity, and softness.

Textures added with the line to show tiny - huge, thick - thin, light - dark, smooth - rough, wide - narrow and will help show emotions.

With these emotions in mind, imagine a creature: an animal, person, or monster. Visualize the eyes, mouth, nose, ears, neck, legs, skin or fur. What emotion is on the face of the creature? What do the eyes show, the mouth expressing; and what is the creature doing? Should the viewer be ready to run or hug and pet this creature?

Because your hand is not your mind, there will be differences in the way the hand draws and the way the mind see the lines. This process is like thinking up a story, then writing it on paper and does always change. We see a picture, think how to draw it, and our hand does it best. Remember, the drawing on the paper never really matches the vision in our mind. PRACTICE! And PRACTICE! The mind, hand, and pencil will find their peace. Be fair and patient with your pencil drawing, which is like learning to write letters and words. Finally, each letter in each word constructs a sentence we understand. Writing was gained by doing, and doing, and doing. So drawing is learned by doing, and doing and finally the 'aha' moment! Mind, hand, and pencil work together for your style of seeing.
Assignment: Keeping a creature in your mind what lines will show the hair, eyes, mouth, body action and movements. Now, on a piece of paper or on pages 10 and 11 of your sample sketchbook with your pencils capture the creature.


 Lines drawn with feelings are varied and more exciting to view.

Here are a few feelings you can depict by lines: sad, repose, conflict, bold, turmoil, fighting, powerful, sweet, trouble, stocky, slender, happy, light, quiet, angry, narrow, smooth, timid. Many more feelings we see in abstract, non-objection drawings as the simple lines you put in the sample, sketchbook. On the right side by chance is shown a cartoon face in a hat labeled 'growing',  and the face on the right blowing a wiggling line labeled 'confusing'. I did the face by accident, funny what appears.

Assignment:  In the sample book on pages 12 and 13 or a piece of paper draw a horizontal across the middle and a vertical line down the center, which gives you four parts.  Draw four of your emotions. 


The line moves and captures us inside a drawing.

When we look at a painting, black or white or with colors and textures, landscapes and portraits, the artist who had fun is now providing fun for us the viewer.

Remember, that walk we took with line, the curves the bumps, the slips, and splashing. Now, use your mind to drive your car. The road is marked showing the lanes, biking lanes, turning lanes, parking spots, we wait at stop signs, and stop light behind lines. Beside lines and more lines, as we drive we move along with textures: bumps, ripples, twisting, usually paralleling other cars. Not to mention all the sounds: clicking of signals, music playing, passengers talking, the windshield wipers scrapping, the rain or snow hitting the car, water or slush from the wheels, and of course, the motor running. Possibly, we remember horror sounds and bumps of a collision/wreck.

The mind decides what is essential for us to hear and see while walking or driving. So let's use these conceptual memories, using your pencil to record as abstract lines; and if you like, a bit of color from colored markers. Remember, drawing is for fun! From your energy in your mind to the hand into the pencil, draw your lines. And remember, your interpretation will not, and you do not want to record you really see. Lines are symbols as are words - draw, paint, sketch, a vision appears!

Assignment for G: On a piece of paper or in the sample sketchbook on pages 14 and 15 with your pencil or marker pens. Make three dots or circles anywhere, big or small. These are focal points that lead your viewers around in your drawing. Like the intersection of a signal with 4 or 16 lanes with cars waiting to turn or proceed forward. Or at a train hub with railroad tracks for going and leaving a central station; I think of Chicago or New York. Or, any complicated an airplane port with the plane hubs and lanes for landing and departing; I think of San Francisco or Huston Texas A mega picture of points with radiation lines for cars, trains, airplanes, and people coming and going. From focal points. Use all the various lines that come into your mind with added emotion/feeling to the edge. You will find this interesting and will see your focal points lead a viewer around and around to the other focal points. Focal points are used in all art, from the famous masters, landscapes, advertisements, newspaper layouts, garden and park designs, planned architecture, and functional city planning. You created another abstract, non-objective drawing.


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