Single Line Drawings as Therapeutic Exercise
I was first introduced to the concept of the single line drawing through the artwork of my late Uncle Bert. He was a painter and a jewelry maker, and although he passed away before I was born, I’ve always feel close to him because I grew up surrounded by his artwork. His single line drawings always had a particular affect on me. I remember as a young girl tracing the lines with my eyes, up, down around and seeing how the lines played with negative and positive space to create a figurative image, and finding the starting and end points.
I’ve found myself doing them more and more over the years. I find the exercise to be extremely therapeutic. When working on the single line drawings, ones hands are in constant movement and it’s impossible to hesitate–you just have to forge ahead.
I really enjoy doing faces. Below, watch me in action.
I’ve been doing these for years as a creative warm up/meditative practice. I love how the single line drawings get me out of my head and don’t allow me to hesitate. If you’re in a creative rut I highly recommend trying this out. Just put pen to paper and don’t stop moving or lift off the pen until the piece feels complete.
If you are a person that is very heady or if you’re feeling stuck in a creative rut, I find that the single line drawings can really help. Give it a try! All you need is pen and paper!