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Advanced Fashion Drawing, Lifestyle Illustration by Bil Donovan

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Chapter One

Line

A line is a line is a line. In the act of drawing, perhaps no other component or factor is as valuable in shaping and communicating depth, life, energy, and personality as a line.

A line can be rigid or fluid. It can have weight and presence or be delicate and seem to float translucently beneath the surface of the paper. It can be quick or studious, continuous, rhythmic, or aloof. Line can be all or a combination of these characteristics.

The personality of a line can be used to define leather or chiffon, create a texture to mimic reptile goods, capture the movement in a skirt, or with one stroke illustrate the arch of an eyebrow.

We will explore the personality of line in Chapter 4. Here we will begin with the basic contour ...

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