Exercise 1.2

Continuous Line Drawing

Continuous line drawing is a fun challenge in that it forces one to either plan ahead with regard to each gesture of the pen so as to only make marks that translate into an identifiable shape as intended or to be fast thinking enough to improvise if a line must occur in places that doesn’t belong. 

Using prompt words to inform the experimentation of this exercise, I selected tools such as graphite sticks to illustrate “dry”, Micron fineliner pen to illustrate “delicate” and “multiple”, and the Tombow brush pen to illustrate “soft”. Each drawing was of an ulu (Inuit women’s skinning knife) but made a point of changing the perspective with each drawing so as to challenge my eyes to tell my hands to draw what they see rather than what they know. 

This exercise challenged me to observe and record characteristics of various kitchen tools with an approach of forethought and innovation. Most lines travelled with deliberateness and few “back tracks” had to happen that weren’t anticipated. This was a really fun exercise and I’d like to explore this kind of illustrating more deeply. I like the simplicity as well as the planning ahead/going with the flow juxtaposition. 

So as I mentioned in the second half of the previous exercise, I’m revisiting the work with the words of my tutor resonating in my head. My intention is to dig a bit deeper, have a stronger sense of curiosity and to explore the shapes, tools, and prompts of each exercise so as to demonstrate a better understanding of each exercise. Below are my newer contributions to this segment on continuous line. 

continuous line with Sharpie

Stage 1 of the continuous line exercise was to simply fill an A2 page with drawings of the same shapes as in previous exercises. This page shows the use of a super fine Sharpie. I enjoy the challenge of continuous line drawing because it requires a certain amount of planning ahead. Taking note of the elements within the shape and anticipating where each element can best be drawn. The knife had more tricky bits than did the fork but the simple shape of the fork had its own difficulty, especially with regard to parallel lines and sweeping curves. Not as easy to draw as one would expect. 

It was hard to decide which theme to start with for the second stage of the exercise so with the help of my partner, I started with “fluid”. I decided that the brush tip Tombow marker would best work to convey the soft movement and gentle widening and thinning of the lines. When making each line, I tried to pay attention to making marks that moved fluidly with round edges, overlapping lines, curvy shapes. This was particularly difficult with the blade of the knife as it is extremely straight. However, I think the illustrations do convey the theme of “fluid”. 

Continuous line - Tombow brush tip pen - "fluid"
Tombow markers - bullet tip - "multiple"

I’m definitely happiest with the outcome of this page over the others. My idea for communicating “multiple” was to hold three markers at once while drawing the fork shape. I opted for this over the knife because I was confident that the shape would still be identifiable despite the multiple pens simultaneously drawing. It was tricky for my eye to know which line to track and as a result, my forks are definitely wonky but they DO still look like forks so to me, this was a resounding success. 

This final drawing was probably the most difficult. I hoped that in using a marker, I’d be able to create really bold marks to communicate “agitated” which I think I actually managed to do, however I did NOT enjoy using the pen for this kind of drawing. I was creating such aggressive marks that I found myself holding back so that i didn’t damage the pen. I think this would be worth trying again with a market that I’m not concerned about damaging. That aside, I think the theme is well communicated with the jagged, irregular, heavy black marks. 

Having taken the time to revisit this exercise, I found myself feeling more confident not only in making marks but also in deciding how to create the marks so as to communicate the theme. I really enjoyed the experience of selecting tools and planning how to draw each item. I am finding that if I produce more quantities of artwork (drawings or otherwise) puts me in a position to experiment, take risks, and to make selections for the final assignment from a greater range of interesting sample works. Definitely a win for me.