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Advanced Fashion Drawing, Lifestyle Illustration by Bil Donovan

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Chapter Four

Line Quality

Line is the pulse of a drawing. It can beat like a drum or rise and fall like the notes of a violinist. It is limitless in its possibilities and nuances. It can be sensual, reserved, immediate, studious, or minimal; it can wreak havoc or organize chaos; it can capture emotion, energy, movement, and flair all at once.

Line has no boundaries; it is as limitless as the artist’s imagination. Line is an extension of the artist’s personality. It emulates from a physical connection of hand, medium, and surface. Egon Schiele defined his drawings with a selective, sensual line of varying weight; Tina Berning’s fluidity of line has a life of its own; while John Jay Cabuay’s confidence and command of line surfaces as a rhythmic ...

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