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Artwork

25 December 2007

One Lines

A single line could be the only component of an art piece.

Love Me, 2008, New Media Vector Art Piece by Kostas Gogas, One Line Drawing, Two Characters Hugging Each Other, Pink on White Background
Love Me, 2008
Two characters hugging each other.

This is one of my first one-line drawings. Here, the original pencil drawing is transfered in digital form and edited as a vector graphic.

Early One Lines

2007-2008

The early one-lines were mostly portraits of people or human-like figures and animals. I was coming from the 'character graffiti artist'[1] label and I figured it would be easier if I remain on the same subject while navigating the new technique.

Portrait of a Bald Man, contemporary minimal one line drawing by Kostas Gogas, 2008. Portrait, a Tall Head, contemporary minimal one line drawing by Kostas Gogas, 2008. Portrait, a Man's Tall Head with a Moustached, contemporary minimal one line drawing by Kostas Gogas, 2008. Abstract funny portrait drawing, contemporary art by Kostas Gogas, 2008. Portrait, abstract one line drawing, contemporary minimal art by Kostas Gogas. Abstract one line drawing, contemporary minimal art by Kostas Gogas, 2008.
Most of the very first one-lines were portraits.
A person begging, abstract one line drawing contemporary art by Kostas Gogas, 2008. A Gentleman holding Flowers, contemporary minimal art, one line drawing by Kostas Gogas, 2008. A person on his knees looking back, contemporary minimal art drawing by Kostas Gogas, 2008. Abstract one line contemporary minimal art drawing, a dog sitting, by Kostas Gogas, 2008.
Other characters and animal figures from the early one lines.

Going Further

2008

After I got comfortable with the technique, I started adding more than one character in the scenes as an extra difficulty.
I always wondered if this piece of paper with just one line in it had any value at all, and my mindset at the time was: difficulty equals value. I don't endorse this way of looking at things anymore.

Most of these early one-lines were scenes of characters engaging in tender or sad situations.

Early Vector Tranfers

2008

I always wanted to create something with artistic value on the computer, and I thought that one-lines would truly benefit from it.

I still enjoy these works today, maybe not the works per se, but the potential captured in them.

Distortion, Digital New Media Art by Kostas Gogas, created from a One Line Drawing. Minimal & Contemporary, White on Cyan. Red Head on Black Background, Contemporary Minimal New Media Art by Kostas Gogas, 2008, created from a One Line Drawing. The Night of the Inside, Contemporary Minimal New Media Art by Kostas Gogas, portrait of a Man created from a one line drawing, 2008. Funny Red Head with Teeth on White BG, Contemporary Minimal New Media Vector Art, by Kostas Gogas, created from a one line drawing, 2008. Purple portrait of a Man on white background, Contemporary Minimal New Media Vector Art by Kostas Gogas, created from a one line drawing, 2008. Portrait of a Person on White Background, Contemporary Minimal New Media Vector Art by Kostas Gogas, created from a one line drawing, 2008. Portrait of a Bald Man with Moustached on purple background. Contemporary Minimal New Media Vector Art by Kostas Gogas, created from a one line drawing, 2008.
Heads, 2008
Vector Art created from One Line Drawings.

The drawings were scanned and then 'traced' in a design software.

A Canvas

2008

Around the same time, between 2007-2008, I have been working on a series of canvases.

When one-lines came along I thought I'd try to create them on canvas.
But the task would prove extremely difficult.

I managed to create only one canvas.

One lines are created fast, and the A4 copy paper gives me the benefit of making rubbish until I end up with something good. It's cheap, that's why.

But canvas is another story.

Not only I couldn't afford to buy so many canvases, I also couldn't paint on 'top of my mistakes'.
I knew beforehand that the marker won't flow smoothly on a covered up canvas.

That's why I only have one canvas to show from that period.

Bold, (autoportrait), 2008
Marker and Acrylic on Canvas, 60cm x 80cm

A very important canvas, the only time I managed to create a good looking one-line on a big surface.

Abstract

2008

Untitled, 2008
Ballpoint Pen on 80gsm copy paper, 29.7cm x 24cm (A4)

Newer Vectors

Alongside their Original Drawing
2012-2013

Reds

2011

Most of my one lines are black. But these are red.

Red Demon, Contemporary Minimal One Line Red Drawing by Kostas Gogas, 2011.
Red Demon One Line Drawing, Close Up on Eyes Red Demon One Line Drawing, Close Up
Click on the closeups for a more detailed look.


The red one lines. 90% of my one line work was created with fine-tip inking pens.

More

2008-2014

On Colored Paper

2013-2014

References

[1]: In graffiti art circles, many times the distinction between the artist's subject of 'characters' or 'letters' becomes the main description of an artist's work.
You have a 'character artist' or a 'letter artist', so to speak. 'Street art' is another beast.