Children make scribble drawings without taking their pencils off the paper. The lines cross over and the children colour in the shapes. Artists draw things they know without taking their pencil off the paper too. They usually draw things that appeal to them like landscapes, portraits and still lifes.
This is what you will do in this lesson.
Select a subject that appeals to you and make a drawing without taking your pencil off the paper. It doesn’t matter how many times you go over the subject to get it how you want it It is best to place your subject in front of you for this exercise and is most important that you do not lift your pencil off the paper.
Check out your drawing to see which parts look best. Draw over the best parts with pen and ink or brush and ink if you prefer. Remember, the finished drawing will show one heavy line. Leaving in the pencil lines (called “restatements”) will give the work character and expression. The drawing above is mine and I have yet to go over it with ink,..not sure if I’ll proceed with this one. The bottles are falling over!
Here are some examples of one line drawings:
The first drawing is by an unknown artist, the second by Honore Daumier, “A Clown”, and the third drawing is by Margaret Traherne, “Madonna and Child”.