Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Local Artist Shares A-maze-ing Technique of Drawing in One Continuous Line in Free Workshop

Octopus. Pen on paper
Birmingham artist Cory Casella creates“one-liners,” exquisitely intricate pen drawings produced with a single continuous line that never crosses itself…His works boggle the brain and the eye as you try to figure out how they were done.

And he’s willing to share his secrets so you too can attempt your own “one-liners.” On Saturday, June 6, from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., Casella will teach his technique in the Story Castle, 2nd Floor at the Central Library located at 2100 Park Place. The event is free; however registration is requested. Call 226-3670 to participate. Casella explained why he restricted his drawing to a one-line act. “I have found for me that my creativity is born from constraint. Having the constraint of only having one line allows me to focus on making shapes and shadows in interesting ways.”

Snail. Pen on paper
Casella is a User Experience designer for a local software company, Alden Systems. He graduated from Birmingham Southern College in 2005. He participates regularly in the Birmingham Art Crawl which is held downtown on first Thursdays of each month.

Casella’s works along with those of Melissa Shultz-Jones and Paul Cordes Wilm are are showcased in the exhibit, The Amazing Art of Local Curiosities, at the Central Library's Fourth Floor Gallery until June 26, 2015. All three are Birmingham artists with very unique perspectives.

On Wednesday, June 16, from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m., Shultz-Jones will lead a free “Hero Art” session for children and accompanying adult family members in the Story Castle on the Central Library. Registration requested; call 226-3655.

And check out these resources from the library to polish your drawing skills:

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