Andrew Look

my single-line art influences

celebrating minimalism in line art


Andrew Look
May 9th, 2020

@salventius

(“One Line Momentalism Portraits”) / www.salventius.com

What struck me first about Salventius was the expressiveness of the figures he creates - they remind me in some ways of ancient masks.

paintings by salventius source: salventius.com

He was the first single-line artist I came across. When I saw videos of Salventius’ process I found it far more engaging than still images I’d seen of line art before. Having found the challenge of single line art appealing myself, I found the videos of his process technically impressive.

Over time, I started to realize that while the finished products he creates are beautiful, the videos of Salventius painting his portraits in the moment are themselves artwork.

They take you inside his creative process, and just watching them made me feel the experimentation and play that I imagine drove some of his work. I love his focus on physical materials, and his experiments with color and process are so fun to watch that they’ve inspired me to combine color with my single-lines in various ways.

@differantly

(French art duo) / www.differantly.com

Their process involves meticulous preparation, sketching, contour tracing, deconstruction of 3D objects… all to find a perfect line striking a balance between physical realism and graphical minimalism (sometimes combining in some wonderful surreal effects. (more on DFT’s process at boredpanda)

differantly single-line dripping hand process video source: “line artifacts exhibition” at differantly.com

I like how they use overlapping ellipses for 3D spherical effect, tight loops to create shadow effects.

source: “line artifacts exhibition” at differantly.com

@quibe

(French Illustrator, minimal artist) / https://society6.com/quibe/prints

My favorite of Quibe’s work are the kisses. It’s hard enough to find a way to use a single line to represent the contour of one face, let alone two. Sometimes verging on an MC Escher puzzler, I’m amazed at the economy of line - how much physicality and emotional resonance these pieces achieve through the smallest image file size.

kissing by @quibe on instagram source: @quibe via instagram

by @quibe on instagram source: @quibe via instagram

with color by @quibe on instagram source: @quibe via instagram

by @quibe on instagram source: @quibe via instagram

@elissabarber

(“Using a single line”) / elissabarber.com

Elissa barber’s work seems to bring a more emotional element to single-line art, and I like that she works in large scale.

It’s hard to represent full bodies or multiple figures in single-line art because spatial references are hard to keep track of. I’m impressed at how her characters’ faces and hands are so expressive while the looser gestural legs and torsos blends together, creating this overall harmony.

Compared to seeing something more premeditated via a digital drawing, seeing one continuous line physically drawn out makes me think about how much the artist’s body movements contributed to the final work. I’ve come to believe that this kind of art ends up capturing a lot more of the artist’s mood in the moment of creation, which is part of why I found it to have a powerful impact.

trust the process austin kleon, drawing comes from the body

by @elissabarber on instagram source: @elissabarber via instagram

I also love how she explores different mediums and textures - her ceramic work is amazing. by @elissabarber via instagram source: @elissabarber via instagram

© Andrew Look 2020