Simple lines and line-drawn figures can contain the wisdom of the world. It is a simple faith that can turn one into a cartoonist, a comic book artist, or an illustrator. It is an almost god-like power. You can make fools and geeks and little girls with fourth dimensional hoola-hoops come to life.
It has been said by some who’ve seen my line drawings, my pen-and-ink cartoons, that I am good at it. But what do they know? I’ve shown you in this blog some of the real greats. Wally Wood and Milt Caniff and Cliff Sterret and George Herriman and Charles Shultz are all better than I am. But I am at least smart enough to have learned things from them.
Black and white lines and shapes can convey feeling in almost the same way that words can. You can express feelings of melancholy, fatigue, or joy. You can create a sense of adventure, or make someone laugh with a clever reversal of expectations.
So there you have it. I am not really that good… not a master of the art. But I know it. I can appreciate it when I see it. And there are things I can use it to accomplish.