My drawing and painting life
Carla Sonheim inspired me to draw more. She introduced several techniques. Making drawings in one line, also practiced by such artist as Picasso and others , is a wonderful way to reach different goals. The way Carla teaches it, it can be very freeing exercise, allowing us to find new images, tap into our subconscious, let go of fear of the blank page and just have fun.
In her work and in her courses she has developed a style of making wonderful bold pictures out of the oneliners by adding more ‘width’ to the lines. The above drawing is the result of that kind of adding.
You will find this technique in her book Drawing and Painting Imaginary Animals ( chapter 4 Oaxacan Dotted Elephant). In short it amounts to the following. Draw several oneliners of the same subject, pick one you like best, one which lends itself to embellishment. Now start adding weight to the lines using a black marker. The next step is adding color by using colored pencils, markers and paint pens.
This approach may lead to a drawing such as this:
I made this as part of the 2014: Summer Online Art Camp (now available as a self study class).
For more information on that three week course, see Carla Sonheims website. Check out the online classes.
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