Freehand lines :: Lignes à main levée

     Blow, blow, thou winter wind.
Thou art not so unkind
As man’s ingratitude;
Thy tooth is not so keen,
Because thou art not seen,
Although thy breath be rude.
Heigh-ho! sing, heigh-ho! unto the green holly:
Most friendship is feigning, most loving mere folly:
Then, heigh-ho, the holly!
This life is most jolly.
Freeze, freeze, thou bitter sky,
That dost not bite so nigh
As benefits forgot:
Though thou the waters warp,
Thy sting is not so sharp
As friend remember’d not.
Heigh-ho! sing, heigh-ho! unto the green holly.
Most friendship is feigning, most loving mere folly:
Then heigh-ho, the holly!
This life is most jolly.

— William Shakespeare in 1600

Someone was asking me today if I use a ruler to draw my lines with and I answered that I did not… she then asked me why? So I started pondering on the question. If I were to use a ruler, it would become a technical drawing and the drawing would feel very mechanical. By freehand drawing (meaning without a ruler) a fluid line may appear a rapid movement with my hand and a jagged line might be made by a flicking of the wrist. My emotions, if I am nervous or calm will appear within those lines and my breathing will be an indicator of how I am on that specific day…  I sometimes catch myself not breathing for the sake of the line… and then with a grand intake of breath I relax. This house lies on St. Louis Street in Valleyfield, it is a typical duplex house with boomtown architecture, probably with two families living there… one on the first floor and another family on the second floor.

Quelqu’un me demandait aujourd’hui si je dessine mes lignes avec une règle… et surprise j’ai tout de suite réponse non. Et ça m’a fait réfléchir sur les raisons pourquoi je dessine à main levée. Si je prenais une règle, mes dessins deviendraient des dessins techniques, voir bien proche mécaniques. En dessinant à main levée une ligne fluide apparaît par un mouvement de ma main qui est rapide et une ligne saccadée peut être le résultat d’un coup de poignet. Mes émotions ressenties transmettent aussi comment mes lignes vont réagir… si je suis calme mes lignes vont être très fluides et si je suis nerveuse mes lignes vont apparaître tremblottantes et souvent je me surprend d’avoir arrêté de respirer par peur de déranger la ligne que je veux tirer d’un trait… pour finalement reprendre mon souffle une fois la ligne terminée. Cette maison se trouve sur la rue St-Louis à Valleyfield, un duplex typique avec une architecture inspirée des États-Unis nommée Boomtown. Probablement qu’il y a deux familles qui vivent dans cette maison… une au rez-de-chaussée et l’autre au deuxième étage.

Paper: Pentalic Sketchbook
Colours: New Gambodge, Burnt Sienna & Cobalt Blue
Fountain Pen: Pilot Prera F
Ink: Noodlers’ Lexington Grey

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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 www.gimligraphics.com and a main blog at www.janehannah.com. She is also part of the Montreal Urban Sketchers.
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4 Responses to Freehand lines :: Lignes à main levée

  1. This is beautifully drawn Jane.

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    • Jane Hannah says:

      Thank you Shari — the hand-eye coordination was good as I was relieved and relaxed… relieved for the grading to be finished and relaxed to be finally on holidays AND to be able to paint at my heart’s desire -)))

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  2. claudebuffoni says:

    tout simplement renversant. bravo

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