Art Starts with a Line: A creative and interactive guide to the art of line drawing

Art Starts with a Line: A creative and interactive guide to the art of line drawing

by Erin McManness


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An accessible guidebook designed to teach and inspire, Art Starts with a Line offers everything you need to master the art of line drawing, whether the goal is to draw for fun or to illustrate an original masterpiece!

Line drawing involves using a combination of fine lines and bold strokes to create artwork of any kind—from basic folk art to more sophisticated illustrations. This form of art requires minimal tools, making it both affordable and portable. In Art Starts with a Line, artists of all skill levels are invited to learn how to draw almost anything starting with simple lines and basic shapes.

Following a brief introduction to tools and materials, as well as some easy exercises and techniques for warming up to basic drawing tools, you will explore a variety of subjects. You'll draw plants and flowers, architecture and cityscapes, animals, and everything in between. These projects aren't restricted to black and white either! You'll find techniques for adding color with colored pencil, marker, pen, even digitally.

Art Starts with a Line presents everything you'll need to know to learn how to successfully create line drawings of all types. Whether your goal is to create a custom logo for a client, or to simply decorate your planner—it's all here.

Packed with engaging instruction, tips, and beautiful step-by-step artwork, the Art Starts Series presents an approachable and heartwarming guide to line drawing designed to both inspire and teach beginning artists how to create meaningful artwork using simple lines and mindful prompts.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781633224810
Publisher: Foster, Walter Publishing, Incorporated
Publication date: 07/03/2018
Series: Art Starts Series
Pages: 128
Sales rank: 383,941
Product dimensions: 8.60(w) x 11.50(h) x 0.50(d)

About the Author

Artist Erin McManness is a graduate of the Savannah College of Art and Design, where she earned a master's degree in illustration. She has been living and working in the arts in the Atlanta area for 6 years and is currently running her own business, stationery, and illustration line, Paper Raven Co. McManness works on a variety of different projects in addition to her paper goods line, taking on books, murals, branding projects, home decor projects, and advocating for the development of the arts in Atlanta neighborhoods. Find more from Erin at and Instagram

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Art Starts with a Line: A creative and interactive guide to the art of line drawing 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
CathyGeha More than 1 year ago
Art Starts with a Line by Erin McMannes This is a book I want for my library. As I looked at some of the feathering and borders I was reminded of visiting my grandfather and doing similar artistic things with the 90 year old mother-in-law living with him at the time. Yep, definitely want to find and buy this book! The book includes information on tools and materials suggested for projects, shading and stippling, borders and banners, lettering, botanicals, architecture, signage, animals and insects, everyday life and then how to use the ideas presented in planners or illustrations or whatever your heart desires. I loved the idea that lines are what one uses to create images and look forward to using some of the ideas soon for fun or perhaps with my watercolor painting. Thank you to NetGalley and Quarto Publishing – Walter Foster ~ This is my honest review. 5 Stars