I was asked to look at the work of a range of artists and make notes about their use of line.
I first looked at David Hockney. His drawings are made up of single continuous lines, describing the shape of the body, furniture and clothes. Some images really capture the negative spaces of what he is drawing which I feel leads to a more accurate sketch. I found his line drawings very inspirational. They are simple lines but very effective, and something I wish I could achieve in my own line drawings. I think I tend to over complicate with too many descriptive lines sometimes, but I really like Hockney’s minimalist yet detailed approach.
Next I looked at Edgar Degas. I found he used looser lines in his sketches, but again, he only uses a few to capture what he is describing. For example the image , he really describes the jockey, and also his facial features / expression. He varies the the thicknesses of his lines to describe shade and tone. Degas didn’t just use one medium for his line drawings, but a combination, such as charcoal, chalk and pastel. He uses the mediums not only to describe the lines of the body, but also where the light hits, to create a sense of 3D form.I also looked at some line drawings Alberto Giacometti and noted that he had a different style in his drawings. He tends to use busy, scribbley lines to describe busy his subjects, but still captures the personality of the person he is drawing / painting.