are line drawings a thing of the past now?
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I hope not. They are things of sheer beauty when done properly.
Aiki has one as her avatar, as I recall.
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In reply to Clare:
A proper line drawing is done with JUST lines (so usually with a pen) and shading would be done with cross-hatching. My avatar's a pencil drawing and I've done pencilly-style shading using the side of the lead (sorry, not sure of the technical term), so it's not a proper line drawing - it's 'greyscale' rather than purely black-and-white.
This Leopard is a line drawing, done with a pen. As you can see, I didn't have the patience for tidy cross-hatching so it looks scribbly... I don't know about anyone else but I find line drawings really difficult and exacting, though I agree that they are lovely when done well. I believe they were preferred for printed material because they were easier to print than 'greyscale' drawings but perhaps that's no longer the case, hence their becoming rarer.
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In reply to aiki:
Both drawings are absolutely beautiful, Aiki. Thanks for the explanation - my knowledge of drawing (and many other things!) could be written on the back of a postage stamp.
My goodness me aiki! they are beautiful. Such a talent.
In reply to Cheryl H:
I guess I'm just a dinosaur
In reply to seymouraves:
Superb drawings Aiki and Seymour, what fabulous talent you both have, thanks so much for sharing these drawings and if there are any more ? lol would love to see them.
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In reply to HAZY:
2 lovely drawings Aiki, have you any more as I would love to see them? Seymouraves your picture is also very good.
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In reply to Catlady:
Haven't seen your Leopard drawing before, aiki. You've captured it beautifully, not that I've seen one in the wild.
Nice drawing of the Bobolink, S. Not that I knew what it was except that you kindly put the title on the photo.
You are both very talented.
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In reply to TeeJay:
Wow, far better than my attempts A & S. How do you draw birds/animals without having a picture in front of you? I always have to take a picture and then sort of copy it.
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In reply to Gus R:
1- nothing wrong with photo reference
2- know your anatomy and feather topography
3- 50 years of doing it
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