Have you ever seen a beautiful outline tattoo of an exotic animal and wonder how can it be so simple jet so perfect? You can try to recreate it but it can never be as mesmerizing as the original. Is it the pen you are using, or the paper that’s making your attempt futile? Line is a magical thing that is limited only by an artist’s understanding of the work at hand. It can be thin and wavy, short and straight, or it can look nothing like a line. But what does it take to truly become the master of the first dimension?
Not knowing the importance of this basic element of art, DuDe accidentally developed his own line style in that drawing, drawing, drawing, period. Now, a line style is only acceptable when the whole piece of art is created using the same style and by the same artist. But when you are creating something new, the line should reflect that one specific thing and not the general style. DuDe was lucky he didn’t know anything about lines, so he used many different types in order to achieve artistic perfection. It took some time but the result was stunning. Complete control over the tool from the first dimension. His sketches still have the same lines, but the finished piece always takes something special from the line menu.
The most interesting thing about a line is the duality of its dimensions and the way it contradicts itself. A line is one-dimensional. Length. That’s all there is. Nevertheless it occupies a two-dimensional space of the canvas making it transcend its linear nature in order to give an artist freedom of creation. From the lines point of view, there is only forwards and backwards, but an artist can see its future as well as its past. This allows him to guide his creative tools and own every little spec of that crumbled led.
When we draw a line it is not a perfect mathematical representation made of an infinite number of non-dimensional points. We can see it, which means it has a certain thickness, and is, in fact, not a line, but a surface. The only way an artist can draw a line is by thinking of his creation as a one-dimensional object. The moment in which he stops creating a mark with only one dimension in mind is the moment that mark becomes a surface. It boils down to the way in which we represent true meanings of our artistic subjects. Lines take their shape from an artist’s perception and their character from their will to submit.
Even though there aren’t many things in real life that are represented as lines, their use has a much larger spectrum of meaning, from abstraction to inverse function. We use this basic tool to show almost everything, making it the most important of all primary artistic elements. Like most things, you can train your line, just remember who’s the boss. As long as you are a good guide the line will follow.