Here is a terrific example of one line drawing by Doug Anderson, on the cover of Theatre Arts magazine in October 1947, which he entitles “The New Season on Broadway”.
Doug illustrates six plays on Broadway and includes the title in each whilst connecting them all up with his one line. I know I go on about a Continuous Line Drawing starting and finishing at the same point and that it is only one line if it does not, but he starts under the last “e” in Theatre and ends on the left side towards the top, so he could easily have connected them up.
I like his use of small loops throughout, which helps the simplification of most male figures, the snake and the tramcar. Lady’s dresses have lines stroked back and forth and their hats and hair have more detailed wiggling. I love the progressive pattern of the window and heads in the tramcar.
Here are some detailed sections.
How about the cat at the bottom !
Another difference compared to my approach to this style is that I usually think of the possibility of applying colours later. If you look at the lower foot of Antony, the outside space flows in through the foot which would confuse thoughts of colour. Similarly, the lady marked “Medea” to the left of Antony, has the outside flowing in through the bottom left of her dress.
It is interesting that this one line drawing dates from late 1947 and the pen and ink sketch that I have, in the style of Salvador Dali (covered in my post in August 2014), dates from 1948 when Dali was doing similar drawings. So here it is again, “Guitar Player on a Horse”.