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Old 13 July 2008, 09:51 PM
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Icon215 One-stroke Jesus portrait

I don't remember if we did this one before:

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Comment: Is this really a one pen stroke pic from 1884?

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Old 13 July 2008, 10:07 PM
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I've done one stroke contour drawings quite simpler than that and it was a royal pain. I'm quite sure that could be real, but it doesn't look like an enjoyable project!
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Old 13 July 2008, 10:12 PM
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What kinds of pens were in use in 1894? I was under the impression that they had to be dipped, and the ones with ink reservoirs didn't hold very much.
However, my knowledge of pen history is pretty limited, and it does look pretty authentic. I imagine it would need a lot of planning.
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Old 13 July 2008, 10:21 PM
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What kinds of pens were in use in 1894? I was under the impression that they had to be dipped, and the ones with ink reservoirs didn't hold very much.
However, my knowledge of pen history is pretty limited, and it does look pretty authentic. I imagine it would need a lot of planning.
I um, misread it as 1984.
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Old 13 July 2008, 10:21 PM
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This book appears to be the source (p. 43):

http://www.iampeth.com/books/ADOBE_P...Pen%20Work.pdf
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According to Wikipedia, fountain pens were in mass production by the 1880s. I am really impressed by the book above (which incidently is copyrighted 1991)
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Old 13 July 2008, 10:56 PM
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The copyright is 1881, you mean.

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Old 13 July 2008, 11:06 PM
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I've done one stroke contour drawings quite simpler than that and it was a royal pain. I'm quite sure that could be real, but it doesn't look like an enjoyable project!
I believe you. The picture looks like it could have been done with only one stroke, but it sure lalso ooks like it would be really tiresome to draw that much without lifting your hand.
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Old 14 July 2008, 12:57 AM
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According to Wikipedia, fountain pens were in mass production by the 1880s. I am really impressed by the book above (which incidently is copyrighted 1991)
It really does look like the work in the book. If fountain pens were readily available, and fairly new, it makes sense that people were experimenting with them as a media for art. I just can't imagine the painstaking planning and fine motor control that went into that. It makes me wonder how many rough drafts the artist had to scrap before getting it right.
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Old 14 July 2008, 09:22 AM
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Just because the picture is drawn in one continuous line it doesn't by necessity mean that it's drawn with one single stroke of a pen.
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Old 14 July 2008, 09:39 AM
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I agree. Drawing all that with only one stroke seems impossible.
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Old 14 July 2008, 09:50 AM
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Most probably (how could it really be done otherwise?) it is first drawn with a pencil and then carefully inked.
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Old 14 July 2008, 09:58 AM
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Yeah, that sounds about right.
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Old 14 July 2008, 03:56 PM
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The copyright is 1881, you mean.

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My eyes read it as 1884. Perhaps the year of the book's publication will be as much of a mystery as the veracity of the picture's story in question!
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Old 14 July 2008, 04:06 PM
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Is anyone else's eyes crossing while staring at this (to find the center point, mind you)..

I suppose this would be very similar to the Etch-A-Sketch drawings done by Several People(Goggle Image Search Linked) as one has no way of seperating the lines on that. It's all "one stroke".
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Most probably (how could it really be done otherwise?) it is first drawn with a pencil and then carefully inked.
You are probably right. The pencil drawing was probably kept on a turntable and the painter "inked" it by adjusting the width of the line and adding waves to the lines. Even so, I think it would require lot of skill to create those waves, especially near the thorns.

I wonder if someone can write a software program that can do this. It's hard to come up with an algorithm. It's probably beyond me. I wonder if an entire drawing can be reduced to a single line of varying width and small curves, whether we can get a significant reduction in the storage required for the image
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Old 14 July 2008, 10:29 PM
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Is anyone else's eyes crossing while staring at this (to find the center point, mind you)..
Yeppers. Jesus is shimmyin'!
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Old 15 July 2008, 07:41 AM
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Even so, I think it would require lot of skill to create those waves, especially near the thorns.
And loads of time. You don't do it in an afternoon.
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Old 15 July 2008, 01:31 PM
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"One-stroke Jesus" would be a great band name. Also, wasn't that Mary Magdalene's nickname for him? [/blasphemy]
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I wanna stick a gramophone needle on him and see if I can get the hallelujah chorus.
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