Thursday, January 17, 2008

A Single Stroke--amazing

All Done with a Single Stroke of the Pen Copyrighted 1884, by the Publishers, Knowles & Maxim
I found this on a web site called Office Spam.
Pretty cool.
You can click on the picture to make it larger and see the details.


Debrand said...

Very cool.

Kellan said...

WOW - that is simply amazing and beautiful. I need to show my artist daughters this when they get home - they will love this!

Thanks so much Sharon for coming over leaving such a kind comment. You are my friend and I am always here to support you and certainly am appreciative of yours. I'll see you soon. Kellan

Mary said...


This is amazing. Thank you for sharing. You always have such interesting posts.

Thanks for the prayers. They're very much appreciated.


Deb said...

Sharon, you always make my day!! Thanks:)

Melanie said...

What an amazing talent!

Denise said...

Wow, awesome.

Anonymous said...

Nice artwork, but I think the title isn't meant to be taken literally. "All done with a single stroke of the pen" describes the effect of the illustration, not that it was literally created with one continuous stroke.

Why? Quill pens were still the predominate writing instrument in the 1800's. Lewis Waterman patented the first practical fountain pen in 1884 (ironically, the same date as the copyright). But in either case,there was not enough ink capacity to make a continuous line as long as the one in the picture.

The technique most likely used is similar to a record player. The paper was placed in the center of a rotating table which the artist advanced as his arm moved from the center outward. The design was likely to be lightly marked on the paper or in the case of vellum, simply traced.

Nonetheless, it is a beautiful illustration, & there are many more illustration like this in Knowles & Maxim books and other sources as well. However, it has no religious significance--it's just a nice illustration.