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Pateley Bridge Art Club Continuous Line Drawings

Pateley Bridge Art Club member’s single continuous line Rhino with internal pattern.

I was at Pateley Bridge Art Club earlier this month with a Demonstration and Workshop for the members.  They have covered the evening in their News Blog with a report by Charles Mellor, which included 16 examples of members’ pictures.  You can find the report at >    http://www.pateleybridgeartclub.org  .

I include here an additional three pictures by members which illustrate how you can devise an internal pattern which represents aspects of the subject.  Members could base their initial attempt at a continuous line, or lines, on a subject of their choosing or one or more of several faint outlines provided by myself.

I demonstrated how the basic ongoing line can involve curves, loops, angles, etc. taking in parts of the outline itself and involving where possible a novel pattern for that subject.  At the same time there is a need to leave spaces for the line to return to the start.  I said that members were free to use rubbers to correct their drawings or have more than one continuous line in their picture to get used to the process.

One member drew a Giraffe which incorporated some of the distinctive inner pattern of that animal.

Giraffe by Pateley Bridge Art Club member, showing inner pattern.

My third example is a Zebra where the member has included the famous stripes.

Head of a Zebra, by Pateley Bridge Art Club member.

The Rhinoceros above has a good inner pattern reflecting the armour plating appearance of the animal.  It reminds me of the woodcut by Albrecht Durer, who was amongst the first artists to portray this animal.

Rhinoceros woodcut by Albrecht Durer in 1515.

And that’s not all.  The Pateley Bridge member’s Rhino at the top of this post has a clear single continuous line and includes two specific features I have used in the past which appear in pictures which I displayed on the evening but may, or may not, have have influenced the drawing of this Rhino –

a.  The Rhino’s left eye is depicted by a gap in the outline, similar to my Panther’s right eye below, where I show only the pupil of the right eye.

b.  The Rhino’s armour pattern involves the outside running into the interior of the animal, similar to my Zebra below.

Continuous line Zebra without crossover lines.

I have requested that the Pateley Bridge member, who did the Rhino, copies the line and then applies alternate shading to highlight the “inside outside” effect.  If not I may have to do it myself.

Picasso was certainly aware of this “inside outside” situation.  At my Demonstrations I pass around Picasso’s book “One-liners” which has 50 pictures.  Most have the line starting at one end and then stopping on completion elsewhere, but there are several which are single continuous lines.  The last two pen drawings in the book are as follows.

Picasso “Studies for Mercury”. Picasso’s One Liners. Artisan, 1997.

On the left, the head, arms, body and legs are all inside the single continuous line.  At first glance it is the same on the right, but in fact there is no “inside”.

Rhinoceros and Ostrich continuous line drawings

Rhinoceros, continuous line drawing with colour sequence.  Based on Mick Burton demonstration.

Rhinoceros, single continuous line drawing with colour sequence. Based on Mick Burton demonstration.

I did a demonstration and workshop at Horsforth Arts Society, in Leeds, in January 2015.  It was a freezing evening and I parked outside in a narrow back street.  This club is an end terrace house, extended into the next house I think, and they have sole use.  No one had arrived, but I was encouraged by a notice in the window “Demonstration of Continuous Line Drawing by Mick Burton at 7.30pm”.  Shirley, who arranged demonstrations, arrived but could not unlock the door.  I managed to open it.

So we were in and I could cart all my kit and pictures up the stairs and decide on my set up.  Joan came with me to help and the room soon filled up with friendly, expectant, members.  Shirley had seen me demonstrate at another club and gave an encouraging introduction.

After showing several pictures of my animals, mentioning a bit about my past and going through the basics of how to do a continuous line animal, it was time to do my first drawing before the members had a go themselves.

Firstly I put my key marks on a sketched Rhinoceros, showed how to join up the marks in the main areas such as the head and legs and asked the members to start on their own subjects whilst I connected up more lines.  I completed a rough and ready version of the Rhino, which a few weeks later I spruced up and added colours as above.  It is in the Harrogate and Nidderdale Art Club spring exhibition this weekend.

The members of the club completed pictures of animals or people with lines, but with a great variety of styles.  I did not insist on complete continuous lines, as the main idea was that their drawings could flow, and many good results emerged.  Several coloured in their creations.

Whilst they continued with their pictures, or started new ones, in the second half I started an Ostrich.  I did the head and neck and put some key marks elsewhere and invited members to come up and have a go at parts of the ostrich with my thick marker pen.  Several did and we arrived at the result below.  It has about three different lines going and a few dead ends.  This is fine at an early stage of my continuous line drawings, before loose ends are then connected up and one continuous line arrived at along with modifications to pattern and smoothing.

Ostrich continuous line, demonstration drawing by Mick Burton, with the assistance of members of Horsforth Arts Society.  January 2015.

Ostrich single continuous line drawing, demonstration by Mick Burton, with the assistance of members of Horsforth Arts Society. January 2015.

I thanked them for their help and in later weeks produced the picture “Ostrich Egg” below.  It has two continuous lines, one of which is the coloured Egg.

Ostrich Egg, continuous lines.  Based on Mick Burton demonstration.

Ostrich Egg, single continuous line drawing. Based on Mick Burton demonstration at Horsforth Arts Society.

A black pen version of the Ostrich is currently in the Association of Animal Artists annual exhibition.

I quite like including eggs in pictures.  “Harriet’s Busy Day”, which now resides in Worcestershire, was a finalist in Britain’s Got Artists in July 2012.

Harriet's Busy day.  Continuous line with colour sequence.  Background based on eggs.  Mick Burton, 2012.

Harriet’s Busy day. Single continuous line drawing with colour sequence. Background based on eggs. Mick Burton, continuous line artist 2012.

 When I showed the Hen picture to my sister Wendy she said  “Why have you stuck all those eggs to the ceiling”.