Line is one of the single most important aspects of drawing. Lines can create shape, form, pattern, texture, space, movement, value (the lightness or darkness in a drawing), and even emotion.
What is line?
Technically, line is just the path of movement from one point to another. Line can be 2-D (a pencil mark), 3-D (a wire), or implied (the dashed road lines). Some other types of line are listed below, but when it comes down to it there are only 2 kinds of line: straight and curved.
Types of Line
Above: Vertical, horizontal, diagonal, converging, zigzag, interrupted.
Exercise #1: Repeat that Box!
This exercise works on our hand-eye coordination and repetition. Create your own unique pattern for this! Take it slow and have fun with it.
- Draw a square then draw 3 lines in the square - try to make them different from the ones I drew.
- Select one area to focus on, and start placing parallel (at the same angle) lines - once your line touches another line, change the direction to follow another line in that space.
- Once you’re done with an area, move on to the next. Repeat the process until complete.
Line as Emotion
Lines can suggest emotion, and even be representative of emotion. Look at some of the abstract drawings (art that doesn’t strictly represent reality - a drawing of a hand is not abstract, but a drawing of lines showing the feeling of something soft would be) below to get your own ideas about line and emotion. How does the art make you feel? What does it make you think of?
Exercise #2: Feelings? Lines? Both? More?
This exercise aims to not only explore lines as representations of feelings, but also as experiences! Using only lines, draw representations of not only the following emotions, but also experiences:
- The alarm at 5 a.m
- Biting into a hot pepper
- Your favourite song
- Social distancing
- Draw horizontal lines on the entirety of the long sides of the paper.
- Draw 4 vertical lines down the paper. These shouldn’t be straight lines, but don’t make them overly complex.
- Connect the lines on each side of the paper with a single long line. This single line should change its angle everytime it touches one of the vertical lines.
- Continue drawing these lines.
The image on the right above is an example of a finished product, also found at the end of the video. As you can see, every line connects to the far left line and the far right line on the paper.
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