Gary Hume’s portraits are all about line and shape. His water paintings (last 2 in the gallery below) consist of layered line drawings, creating interesting shapes where the lines intersect. If you are interested in this style, check out these two types of contour drawings.
Portrait artist Ed Fairburn works with ink and pencil on maps. He primarily uses two techniques to create value (light/dark): crosshatching between streets (which preserves the layout of towns and cities), and following and manipulating the weighting of contours (the organic lines which show elevation). More info and work on Ed Fairburn’s website.
The scribbles are all about using line in strategic ways, and understanding how to create light and dark with density. Check out Vince Low’s website for more of his work.
Here are two great activities to work on your observation skills, line work, and have some fun (yes they’re supposed to end up weird looking – that’s the beauty!). Continue reading