15.08.13 by Jeff

Morphogenetic Freehand Drawings By Artist John Franzen

Drawings by artist John Franzen

“Each Line One Breath” is a series of meditative drawings by artist John Franzen. He calls them morphogenetic freehand drawings.

He starts with a straight line all the way down a page, and then slowly draws another line beside it. He tries his best to copy the line exactly but inevitably there are tiny imperfections. These “mistakes” are amplified as he copies each new line, and the drawing begins to reveal itself like a curtain.

This is by far the best thing that has been shared on our Google+ Submissions page since I launched it!

Watch the video below!

Drawings by artist John Franzen

Drawings by artist John Franzen

Drawings by artist John Franzen

Drawings by artist John Franzen

Drawings by artist John Franzen

Drawings by artist John Franzen

Drawings by artist John Franzen



Jeff Hamada is the Founder and Editor of Booooooom. He lives and works in Vancouver.

  • endlessbummer

    kevin townsend does it better

    • Imeancomeon

      or you could just keep it to yourself

    • draw

      or Sam Messenger

    • Jocelyn Wildenstein

      or Agnes Martin

    • what an uplifting comment, thanks for taking the time to encourage another human being

    • Yo

      Why isn’t this a fair comment? This is an opinion, like any other comment. There’s no denying these two artists have tapped into the same visual concept here, and I think the joke here is the silly idea that one can be “better.” It’s a joke people, stand down. I’m sure John Franzen can appreciate honesty.

  • dudesharks

    doesn’t hurt that he’s a total babe.

  • Nour

    Hi Jeff, check out the work of Theresa Antonellis; she makes really beautiful “one-breath-one-line” drawings!

  • Casey

    Must go through a lot of those pens.

  • Jeffrey Robbins

    I’m starting to realize I’m not the only one who does work like this. Sol LeWitt actually did a series like these and mine (and I guess Kevin Townsend’s and Theresa Antonellis’) but he was using multiple people all trying to copy each others lines. I would like to see someone do a study on creative unconscious threads that run through the world today. There is a strange connectivity that we all have as creators, and we all draw from it. I’ve heard a lot of New Yorkers call it “The Greater Creative Collective Unconscious”.
    Jeff, I actually did a small showing of those pieces in your hometown of Vancouver, in Chinatown/ Strathcona area at my friend’s space. There’s some photos here http://www.jeffreyrobbins.tumblr.com if you’d like to see my take on this particular stream of the greater unconscious, or some other ones :)

  • mmmmmmmmmmmmmm.

  • Salem Mostefaoui

    Hi guys, thanks for the info ! I’m glad to see that together with John, Kevin and Theresa we share a similar passion for fluid and meditative drawing ! http://s-a-l-e-m.tumblr.com/tagged/originaux

  • very cool – how long ago was the show? ill take a look at the link! thanks

    • Jeffrey Robbins

      It was almost 2 years ago, seems like yesterday. Love that town

  • lefty

    damn you, right handed people.

    • eric

      seriously? are you against right to left? :)

    • hahah i know right! i smudge everything!

    • ben kelly

      just draw right to left then flip the paper upside down

  • farts

    This was a 1st year art school, 2D design project. Visually cool, but should be pushed further creatively and conceptually to be really impressive.

  • Carla Taylor

    I love his work so much, absolutely beautiful technique =] I was so impressed I drew my own illustration with a similar style! Take a peek :) https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=153511281515137&set=a.142743085925290.1073741828.142726525926946&type=1&theater

  • Kelli Jerome

    I looked at his website. All of his work is wonderful. Intense in a very subtle way.

  • Rocío Cañero

    I like his work, a friend called Javier Cruz has something similar but he used small triangles, http://www.javiercruz.net/proyectos/6-bocetos-para-montaa both results are interesting

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