The elements of art - line

The Elements of Art- "Line"

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Line is one of the seven elements of art.  It is considered by most to be the most basic element of art.

In terms of art, line is considered to be a moving dot.  It has an endless number of uses in the creation of art.

Line is a moving dot

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 show you where an object ends

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 Quality

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.

Cross Contour lines

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
The Elements of Art- Line
Horizontal lines- lines that are parallel to the horizon
The Elements of Art- Line
Diagonal lines- lines that slant
The Elements of Art- Line
Zigzag lines- lines made from a combination of diagonal lines
The Elements of Art-Line

Curved lines- Lines that change direction gradually
            The Elements of Art-Line

Line Variation- adding interest to your lines is important in creating successful artwork

Length- lines can be long or short

The Elements of Art- Line

Width- lines can be wide or skinny

The Elements of Art-line

Texture- lines can be rough or smooth

The Elements of Art- Line

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-Deminsional and more interesting

Hatching and crosshatching- using lines to create value

Hatching- lines going in the same direction
Crosshatching- lines that cross