In terms of art, line is considered to be a moving dot. It has an endless number of uses in the creation of art.
The most common use of line is showing where an object ends. This type of line is called a contour line. Contour lines are most commonly called outlines.
Line can also create the illusion of form in a drawing. Line quality is the thickness or thinness of a line. By varying the line quality an artist can show form in a drawing with just the use of line.
Line can also indicate shadow and form through the use of cross contour lines. Cross contour lines follow the contours of the object. Much like running your finger around the form of an object.
Line– element of art. In terms of art, line can be described as a moving dot. Line is perhaps the most basic element of drawing.
Kinds of lines
Vertical lines- lines that move up and down without any slant
Horizontal lines- lines that are parallel to the horizon
Diagonal lines- lines that slant
Zigzag lines- lines made from a combination of diagonal lines
Curved lines- Lines that change direction gradually
Line Variation– adding interest to your lines is important in creating successful artwork
Length- lines can be long or short
Width- lines can be wide or skinny
Texture- lines can be rough or smooth
Direction- lines can move in any direction
Degree of curve- lines can curve gradually or not at all
Line quality or line weight- refers to the thickness or thinness of a line. By varying the line quality artists can make objects appear more 3-Dimensional and more interesting
Practice: While listening to different kinds of music, draw a variation of lines that capture the rhythm and feel of the music.
Contour Lines – define the edges and surface ridges of an object
Practice: Draw you hand using contour line.
Blind Contour: Draw you hand, while only looking at your hand and not at the paper.
Gesture Lines- expressive, capture action and physical movement, very little detail
Practice: While observing the model, quickly capture the action using expressive scribble lines.
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