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    Inspiring Line Artists

    Thought the topic deserved its own thread. Share your favorite artists who inspre you with the quality of their linework and drawing or draughtsmanship. It would be great to include any images or notes on how these artists work. I think it would also be appropriate to share ideas and concepts about the expressive qualities of line such as rhythm, tension, etc.

    There have been some great images and links already provided in another thread so I'll let those people share them here if they choose (even though Kjesta already took one of my favorites!).

    I'll start with a few artists whose line quality I really admire:

    Wayne Barlowe from his book, "Expedition".
    Gil Bruvel, studies for paintings
    Dean Cornwell, studies for illustrations

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    thats some nice stuff!

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    Bill Watterson taught me that line work doesn't have to be perfect and refined to look solid and believable, even when doing cartoons.

    Mike Mignola taught me that even using simple shapes and lines you can produce serious drama and suspense.

    Doug TenNapel taught me that "quick" brush strokes can make for some very energetic drawings.

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    And then God said, "Let us make man in our likeness and our image. Let us make him ridiculously hard to draw so that poor artists everywhere will have to spend 10,000+ hours failing repeatedly before they can begin to capture the form and likeness onto a two-dimensional surface." And there was man. And it was good. And artists everywhere lost their minds.
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    Great italian artist, his comic pages feel like illustrations, I have no idea what his process is, wish I knew.

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    Scott Weaver, toothpick sculptures
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    Matthew Cusick, map collages.
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    Dan Slavinsky, "A study on the Application of Soft Ornamentation and Wet Technologies on the Architectural Possibilites of a Stairway" (high-res)
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    I really like Tim Sale's work.

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    And then God said, "Let us make man in our likeness and our image. Let us make him ridiculously hard to draw so that poor artists everywhere will have to spend 10,000+ hours failing repeatedly before they can begin to capture the form and likeness onto a two-dimensional surface." And there was man. And it was good. And artists everywhere lost their minds.
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    This is a website that archives animation drawings, might be interesting to some. living lines library

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    I guess I like line work with the emphasis in the right places?


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    Wow - thanks for the great posts everyone.

    @manlybrian - great observations on the lessons learned from those guys.

    @Ariel9 - That is some beautifully designed work! But...who is it? Really want to check out more...thanks!

    @SoufMeng - Great finds there...I'll definitely be looking up a few of those people - thanks, that is what I was hoping for. And imagine that, a Damien Hirst I like and can relate to!

    @Vertical - what a great link! Thanks for that. I found it tricky to navigate back out (ok, not too bad if you just hit the "home sweet home" link) so I'm going to repost the link a little higher up: Animation Production Archive

    Thanks again everyone! Here's a few gems from some fellow CA members...personally I think these members are a real gold mine here but they stay tucked away in the Fine Arts forums and not many people are aware of them:

    Kevin Wueste's thread

    F!END's thread

    Hope Railey's thread Her website
    Hope's portrait of Meredith actually sends chills up my spine because of its beauty.

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    Don't forget the late Frank Frazetta
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