Lines of thought :: Lignes de pensée

Art is the only way to run away without leaving home.
— Twyla Tharp

So the saying goes, I did stay home to draw today. This drawing comes from a reference photograph as I simply do not have the time to go out and paint in the car or on location. It was mostly done with vertical lines… there are but a few horizontal lines. It was a challenge but I am quite happy with the result. This type of exercise is a challenge of breathing. I almost had to stop breathing in order to keep the same space and rhythm between lines.. it almost felt as though I were playing a musical score. For the dark intense closely knit lines I could breathe very easily, but with the light, equally spaced lines oh-ho! The body would stop moving to let the hand-arm do what they had to do.

Ce dessin provient d’une photographie de référence car de ce temps-ce je n’ai pas le temps de partir en automobile ou de peindre en plein-air… j’espère que bientôt je vais pouvoir. Donc cette peinture est faite de lignes verticales et bien peu de lignes horizontales. C’était assez exigeant, bien proche en tenant son souffle, pour pouvoir garder le même rythme de ligne pour une certaine tonalité.

Paper: Moleskine Sketchbook
Fountain Pen: Vintage German Senator Fine
Ink: Noodlers’ Black
Location: Reference photograph of unknown location



About Jane Hannah

Canadian graphic artist, painter, sketcher, typographer, calligrapher and teacher at Cégep John Abbott College in Québec, Canada. Jane Hannah also has a website for her students at and a main blog at She is also part of the Montreal Urban Sketchers.
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2 Responses to Lines of thought :: Lignes de pensée

  1. Anonymous says:

    Disons que tu avais un très bon «reteneux» de souffle parce que c’est excellemment bien rendu. Chapeau.


    • Jane Hannah says:

      merci someone — pendant que je dessinais je ne m’en suis même pas aperçue! C’est une fois finie que j’ai réalisé que je pouvais recommencer à respirer — Laugh out loud -)


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