For many art viewers and collectors line drawings are an acquired taste, something akin to savoring 90% extra dark chocolate. I love line drawing because it ties to the most rudimentary form of expression. I still remember finding 'chalk' rocks as a kid, and then 'scratch' drawing all over the street and sidewalk until either the rock or I wore out. These days I mostly draw with charcoal (though the idea of a rock still appeals to me). I like the ease of getting a fat and thin line in a single stroke and the nuances of saturation when varying pressure.
If you have little experience with line art, a good place to wet your appetite is by watching youtube videos of Chinese brush artists. Perhaps think of the difference between the images in Gallery 1 and those in Gallery 2 as the difference between savoring a novel and meditating on a poem. If you wish to delve into a deeper discussion of these worlds, a classic book was written on the subject by Harold Speed titled 'The Practice and Science of Drawing'.
Sara 22" x 30" charcoal on paper
If someone gave you 100 independent lines to use any way you wished, could you draw something of significance? What if they only gave you 50 lines? Or 30? At least for me, the difficulty grows as the number shrinks. This is one of my all time favorite drawings. After creating over 100 versions, almost all of them failing miserably, I find this one very satisfying.
Adoration (after de Ribera) 30" x 22" charcoal on paper
I was captivated by the mother's piercing gaze from Jusepe de Ribera's painting 'The Holy Family with Saints Anne and Catherine from Alexandria'. She seems caught in another time, perhaps pondering what has been prophesied over her child. I tried to capture the same feeling using only lines.