“Do not fall into the error of the artisan who boasts of twenty years experience in his craft while in fact he has had only one year of experience – twenty times.”—
- supposedly an old Japanese proverb, quoted in Harlan Ellison’s “Mefisto In Onyx,” but it may be part of a longer quote from the novel Shibumi, written by Trevanian (not sure if he wrote this proverb for the novel or if he paraphrased it from an older proverb).
I think about this quote in my own work a lot. Sometimes it’s easy to get caught in ruts and keep doing the same stuff, but growth and learning from the mistakes of the past is SO important. I think in the eight or so years I’ve been doing this, I’ve repeated a couple of years once or twice. Depending on how I’m feeling, I’d probably say I’ve gotten more like six years of experience.
A History of the clear line, or ligne claire or klare lijn.
Ligne claire (French for “clear line”) is a style of drawing pioneered by Hergé, the Belgian creator of The Adventures of Tintin. It uses clear strong lines of uniform importance. Artists working in it do not use hatching, while contrast…
This has a nice list of artists for you to research if you like this style. I do. Probably because I grew up reading TinTin comics in Europe.
I always felt royalboiler fit nicely in this style, too, even though his lines aren’t as straight or geometric as some of the others listed.