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SKETCH THESE SIMPLE LINE ART AND GET BETTER AT MINIMAL LINE ARTWORK. IT’S EASY AND FUN TO START WITH!
This post is dedicated to those who find the simplicity of line art mesmerizing and want to explore its uniqueness through the flowy line drawing.
The history of line art
If you always like to look at simple illustrations and wonder how they were drawn, you might have a love for the creativity in line art.
Line art is often used in printmaking and poster art because it gives a cartooney and illustrative look that is easy for people to understand and just relatable.
In all forms of art, line plays an important role to complete a finished piece as shapes are also formed mostly, by line.
I love creating line art and even just looking at those lines wandering around is wonderful at any time.
Line art is beautiful because of its minimal style and the way of drawing it isn’t really restricting you from your imagination. In other words, it is your line, your way and this departed itself from the realistic drawings.
So I guess that’s why so many of us tend to like seeing minimal art prints and follow artists that make stunning line art.
And to be honest, the process behind creating a line art drawings is quite interesting, therefore I followed some artist tips and learn to create mine.
Types of Line Art
There are a few types of line drawings present in the art industry, each line art purposes different styles and complexity.
They are mainly categorized into two types, which are –
- Contour line drawing
- Continuous line art
These two drawing styles are popular and often used in printmaking in today’s artist work.
Also known as blind contour drawing, where you start by drawing wobbly lines and form the line drawings through what you observe, but not looking at the paper you draw.
Another way is to try drawing directly without lifting your hand to resemble the outline and shape of a subject.
Drawing one-line art is one of my favourite!
It can create lots of variation when we draw lines or shapes continously to form an image from our imagination.
Of course, there are also a ton of other beautiful line drawing to explore out there – cross contour drawing, hatching, comtemporary line drawing, gesture drawing, using materials to form (wire-sculpture drawings) and too many more!
I recommend checking out this website if you want to learn further about the art sketches using different line art.
*All line drawings techniques are referred from Student Art Guide.
Line Art Drawing Practice
Drawing line art is an intuitive process especially you kind of use your imagination to start and try as best to replicate and resonate with the line art you’re learning to draw.
However, it can be a challenge as a startup to draw those decent line art. Sometimes we feel difficult to create line art that’s minimal and unique.
If you do feel that way when starting to draw continuous line art, no worries because I’m in your shoes too – before learning how to draw my best line art.
In this blog post, you will find the useful tips and trick to successfully draw your line art and clearing up the hesitation to draw.
Before we go further, I would also like to let you know that they aren’t such best line art to be crafted on paper, when drawing continuous line art.
It’s possible that I’m still hesitant of what I’ve drawn after retrying a 1000 times. But what matters is how we responded to what we have take time to draw the art.
So learn to embrace your drawings through creating line art… and who knows, you might create a great one today!
How To Draw A Simple Line Art
Using what you have, the materials and resources used were simple when drawing line art.
Here’s what the process covers –
- Taking reference images from the right website
- Use a digital drawing app to draw line art
- Importing images and changing transparency
- Create a new layer to draw the line art
- Export and editing in Illustrator
- Pen tool/ or a stylus to draw
- Phone/ or a tablet compatible with digital drawing apps
- Reference image
- Sketchbook (to print, cut & paste)
- Taking reference image from websites. If you have your own photos, use them as a reference to brainstorm your drawing ideas. It can be anything to start with for this line art project, Unplash has great photos that are free to use and mostly
- Open the digital drawing app and import the chosen images. Choose the images you want to work with and create a mood board for your line art drawings in the app.
- Lower down the transparency of the image. Reduce the opacity of each image or ‘extract the line art’ filter to easily observe your line as you draw.
- Make a new layer to draw freely. Favourite part: draw anything around the objects’ outline, no matter it’s a cloud or a tree; remember they are just made by lines. (see more tips below)
- Export the image in PSD layer. Save the layers by sharing it to your drive and make changes in Illustrator if you want to. Print them out after you have done editing if you’d like to!
Digital Drawing for Line Art
One thing I like about IbisPaint X is that it has a that feature comes with ‘extracting line art’ as a filter.
When applying this filter on your photos, the adjustment and contrast created let us focus on seeing the line and shapes on the image and easily know where to start and go with.
It’s a preference, you can also just lower down the transparency a bit for the image and draw pretty well with a coloured image.
You can always move, tilt, expand or minimize each images successfully by making sure that they are in different layers.
Learn to use negative space to make your line art look illustrative and unique.
Depth – making line art more dimensional
As line art is monochromatic, it can be quite boring looking at the final piece with just simple lines. So creating bolder lines or random shapes can refine line art itself by focusing on the black colour values.
Watch the video on creating easy minimal line art drawings to get started!
Undo-ing becomes one of my frequent clicked shortcuts since I try drawing on digital drawing apps.
More inspiration for line art
I personally think that line drawing is the form of art where you can get better by making trial and error freely.
But also believing in yourself and be intentional of what you draw makes the drawing come to life meaningful.
Before I use a reference photo to draw line art, it was always done messy and not the way I imagine it to be. But what I found out is taking a reference image to draw makes the outcome surprisingly better.
That’s how it’s so helpful to create the line art you want.
I did try out online classes about line art to make the most out of creating simple line art, and just figure out how to really make my own, from paper to digital.
Some of the Skillshare classes I’ve taken to draw better line arts are -:
- Drawing on Everything: Discovering Your Creative Voice by Shantell Martin
- Find Your Line: Develop Your Drawing Style by Jen Dixon
If you are interested to take your line art to the next level, taking these creative classes are helpful. You can get a 2-month free trial on Skillshare by clicking on this link and start learning right away. So take this chance to enjoy the beauty of the line art-making process.
Or learn more about line art practice on this website named line of action with great resources for line art drawings.
Did you make this line art drawing?
Let me know what’s your experience creating them in the comments! 🙂