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One of my favorite artists is Norman Baxter. He was a professional artist and famous for his line drawings and watercolors, but I liked his line drawings the best. I don't know if he's still living. I Googled his name but couldn't find out. He was known for illustrating the covers of the Yellow Pages phone directories (in certain parts of the US) beginning in the early 1980s (after Karl Hoefle). The covers were intricately detailed line drawings, usually of city skylines, that included a few almost hidden whimsical items that were fun to search for. It was kind of like the recent Where's Waldo illustrations. So I was inspired by Norman Baxter during my roller-ball phase. I have two original signed drawings of his as well as a framed print, and an autographed copy of A Line on Texas, a book with a collection of his drawings.
Line drawing is similar but different from pencil drawing. It's similar in that you use your skills of composition and perspective, but way different because any shading or surface tone is achieved by lines (only), be they parallel, cross-hatch, or whatever. It's an intriguing art form, to me anyway, so I included one of my line drawings above for your viewing pleasure.
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