Here at the good ol' Illustration Art blog, we have great respect for words. However, every once in a while it's good to remind ourselves that pictures do thing that words cannot.
Lines can be fashioned into letters of the alphabet, or they can be set free to play in the wilder meadows of drawing. If lines are hardened into letters, their function becomes clear and unavoidable: to form words and sentences, marching
in straight rows, obeying the commands of their master, punctuation. But when a line is still free and retains its
original primordial wildness, it can do countless things in countless ways.
For example, you might use words to convey a message such as "television corrupts youth." But look at how the line of the great Lou Myers plays with the same theme:
You can't do that with words.
Lines that have been civilized into letters and words can
never return to their pagan state. Language is rule defined, so it becomes
unintelligible as it approaches chaos. But the lovely, wild line of art
remains at home in chaos.