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On one-liner drawings

Horses_23sep  #12 (1024x747)One-liners drawings: there is something about doing them that I love. It’s not that it’s easy, because it’s not. It takes a while to get to a point where the lines start flowing out of my pen. I have to do a few test runs as it were. Sometimes even a lot of test runs. 🙂 The first drawings are wonky, they don’t look right. My hand is uncertain. The line is not sure and not flowing. Sometimes it takes a lot of test runs. And then they come as though of their own will. Not completely of course, but there is a sense of loosing the complete control and just letting go.

It’s like doing warm up exercises before running or playing a sport. You don’t play well without it.You just have to do these things to get your muscles warm and ready to go. For drawing it’s quite similar. After all you have to move to draw. Your arm has to become loose. You have to get a kind of focus or concentration. But there’s more to it. You have to connect your arm to somewhere inside yourself, perhaps it’s your mind , or should I say soul?

It’s hard to express what happens. It’s like you have to become fluid. I’ve heard people saying about it, that you have to ‘get the creative juices flowing’. Suddenly now it is getting a new meaning for me. I think it’s quite a good expression. For me, iBirds_23sep Bokje p9 #37  (1024x725)t’s no longer just an expression. Something has to start flowing indeed.

Perhaps that is another thing about the one-liner drawing that I like. It’s not just a drawing of the object. It is something extra. When it does look good, it is an expression of the flow itself. In a sense it is symbolic for the flow happening.





8 comments on “On one-liner drawings

  1. artsynaturenut
    October 14, 2014

    Very well said. When you see a great one liner drawing you have to know there were quite a few that came before that! Still addicting though! Just signed up for a retake of Carla’s Imaginary Creatures. Pretty sure I’ll get some one liner practice with that.

    • corinnebekker
      October 17, 2014

      Oh yes, you certainly will get that with Carla. Enjoy – it’s such a fun class!

  2. Miss Petra's Art
    October 14, 2014

    Corinne i just love the bird so much 😊.
    You’re so good at it 😊. The first time
    i did them was in a Lifebook class and i really
    Liked that lesson. Every time i see your one-liners
    I get a smile on my face!

  3. Juna Biagioni
    October 14, 2014

    Beautiful how you describe the process. I love your one-liners! May there be lots of flow happening…

    • corinnebekker
      October 16, 2014

      Thanks so much for dropping by, Juna, and your encouragement over the past few months for the 101 challenge and making art in general.

  4. Kathrin
    October 14, 2014

    I like how you describe to get into the “fluid mood”, so you make visible that there is some work behind your beautiful light-handed one-liners.

    • corinnebekker
      October 16, 2014

      There is quite some work behind it indeed! But FUN work. Well, you know!

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