The beautiful thing about a line is that it can evoke so much emotion in the way you draw it through the movement of your hand and body. Think of a music conductor with a baton or different types of dancers. How they move is their way of conveying to the world how they feel.
I get a lot of questions on how people can learn to draw in one line. First off, I'm no expert. I believe this style of drawing or painting has a lot more to do with feeling – as mentioned in my earlier statement about a conductor or dancer.
I plan on creating an in-depth tutorial video for those who are interested, but for now, I'm happy to offer a few tips that can get you started.
Try holding your pencil, brush, or marker with a loose grip, turn on some calming music and allow your body, arm and wrist to fluidly move around the paper. The results may look very messy or abstract on paper, which is not a bad thing. But overtime, you’ll develop muscle memory and confidence where every line you draw will feel intentional.
I couldn’t have dreamed of a bigger project to be a part of for the launch of The Mayhew, 'Stay Inseparable' campaign!
Here’s the animated short created in partnership with McCann Worldgroup, Coffee & TV Studio, Louis Theroux and Emily Raymond.
It’s a powerful message about the relationship we share with our pets and the importance of keeping the bond from breaking.
"We know that our relationship with animals is powerful, intimate and reciprocal, and can be the difference between life and death for people in a vulnerable situation. This is why we run community programmes like Pet Refuge, working with homelessness and education. But not everyone appreciates how vital the human-animal bond can be."
- The Mayhew
Happy new years, friends! Just taking a step back to share some behind-the-scenes photos of a really cool project that I had the opportunity to work on for RealSelf, who is the leading online resource to learn about cosmetic treatments and connect with medical aesthetic doctors.
The concept was to create unique, one-line figure drawings of women and men represented with self-confidence and love. The drawings were then printed on vinyl and installed for their House of Modern Beauty event in Seattle, WA.
The past couple of years, I focused on redefining ways to simplify my life and the work I created. Reflecting back on 2019, most of my work refocused on connecting subjects of animals, plants, and people in a single line. This seemed to resonate with a lot of you out there. And I'm so grateful that you guys took the time to tune in, like, comment and share personal messages with me. My hope is that all of this has helped you guys out in some way, whether personally, professionally, or even technically.
And if I can give you one last piece of advice for 2019 – Remember to slow down, breathe, listen to your body, and show compassion towards your family and friends. I'll be forever grateful for the unexpected opportunities that came my way this year! Unfortunately, by not saying "no" and trying to balance more than I could chew off caused me more damage mentally than I cared to admit at the time. We all have a breaking point and I'm slowly recovering from mine. You only have one chance at this so take care of yourself and the people you love. Opportunities are always going to be there. In the meantime, create the type of work that you're passionate about. That's what these Top 9 Instagram posts above represents.
Peace out 2019! See you in the new year!
#forevergrateful #thankyou #bekind #loveyoumom #loveyoudad #loveyouall
I've been meaning to share some of the drawings that you see in my videos on Instagram and YouTube. Well, today, I'm releasing my first of soon-to-be-many wallpapers of my most recent drawing.
Please note that all of my illustrations are copyrighted and only intended for personal use. Don't be a POS like some of the people and brands out there that have been monetizing off of my work. But that's a discussion for another day.
As always, thanks for all your love and support!
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Earlier this year, Mynte Green Co. and I collaborated to create a unique vinyl graphic mural for Northstar Café (Short North location), a local gem in the heart of Columbus, OH. It truly has become a part of the culture and identity of this city for the last 15 years. So it was an extremely humbling experience for me working alongside the brilliant minds behind Mynte Green Co. and Northstar Café to help them visually tell their story.
For those of you who are local to the area, I hope that you'll go check it out at the Short North location!
So much has been going on these days that I haven't been able to put out any new process videos. I moved into my new studio last week at 400 West Rich, a sanctuary for the arts in Columbus, Ohio.
I'm pretty pumped to finally get things set up and have a home base to freely create, so I hope to share some new projects in the coming weeks once I'm officially settled in. For now, please enjoy a little compilation video I put together of some of my recent one line drawings.
Cheers! – Dane
It’s interesting how the curvature of our hands fit seamlessly along the sides of a dog’s face.
I’ve imagined this piece ever since I began interacting with the dogs at the local shelter a few years ago.
It’s an indescribable feeling when a dog you’ve never encountered before makes eye contact and allows you to pet its face in this manner. It’s as if all of the noise and stressful environment inside those walls are tamed by a moment of trust and stillness.
Graphite pencil on the most beautiful 100% cotton, Arches Aquarelle 300gsm paper, 16x20”
Hey, all! I’ve been sharing some videos of my one line work utilizing the iPad Pro and Apple Pencil on my Instagram page.
As a graphic designer for most of my career, I am no stranger to implementing digital techniques into my workflow. Some may see this as “fake” art, but to me, it’s simply another form of medium I have in my arsenal. Call it what you will, but as long as we’re creating through expressions in all forms, i.e., music, dance, photography, etc, then that is the foundation of what art is.
Since I've been receiving tons of messages about the tools I use, I'll create a separate blog post explaining more in detail. Stay tuned :)
Lately, I’ve been detaching myself from my usual routine of music, podcasts, and youtube videos in exchange for working in silence. This has really allowed me to be present in my environment and aware of the familiar sounds that I’ve unintentionally ignored for so long, like the ticking of the wall clock, or Holly snoring in the sunlight that’s beaming across her bed, or the soothing sound of a stroke from a paintbrush.
These are a few of the sounds that resonate through my space that I’ve taken for granted because of all the distractions I created.
However, sometimes I think it’s good for us to bring in some of that background noise to help get us in the flow of our work. I’m curious to know if you have a routine or what helps you get going? Please share.