Daily Drawing Exercises


Working predominantly in pencil, pen, and ink, John Cline explores the drawing as a tool, a vehicle to explore ideas of the process of making. For Cline understanding process is critical for the exploration, iteration, testing, and the critical editing of ideas.

The images presented below are a selection from his many ‘daily drawing exercises’; conceptual interpretations of the classic orthogonal projections as the elevation, section and plan. Exercises which challenge the ‘limited space occupied while making, testing various restrictions such as time or materials, and devise prescriptive assignments through which to examine subtle variations within. ‘


Who influences you graphically?

Cy Twombly , Douglas Darden, Sol Lewitt, Brice Marden, Allan Wexler, richard diebenkorn, john hejduk, daniel libeskind, Renzo piano, sambo Mockbee, Dr, Seuss, Peter Eisenmann

What defines the starting point of a drawing?

The ending of the previous drawing.  I almost always start a drawing from some image (or partial image) I have created in my mind.  Each drawing becomes an experiment fleshing out questions or assumptions visually.

What do you try to achieve in terms of composition?

Even distribution of line work across the paper, relationships of shapes and lines to one another.

What dictated the use of pencil/pen or coloured pencil? How does colour influence the drawing?

Colour is an additional layer tool.  I usually decide prior starting a drawing what the medium(s) will be.

From 2 dimensional to 3 dimensions, which one do you enjoy playing with the most?

Shifts in scale play a dominant role in my work.   Whether it is a relationship to the body or a much larger scale (city), each drawing allows the viewer to make interpretations.