Lines, Lines, Lines, Lines.

Posted: September 24, 2012 in Fund. Visual Literacy

Space has been well defined by now for the basic understanding of what is needed for design. Now it is time for lines.

What is a contour drawing?

Contour drawings are similar to outlines, but better. A contour drawing focuses on the lines of an object. The more lines taken into focus with a line the more detail to the image. It is not one continuous outline of the image, but several lines forming the image. Contour drawings are silhouettes and outlines with depth by adding detail through lines inside the outline.

How does variation of line thickness affect a drawing?

To better add depth to a lines only drawing variation in line thickness helps. Volume can be added by changing the thickness of a line. Adding thickness to all the lines does not add depth and volume though. To achieve this adding thickness to one line next to lines thinner. Having to much thickness can disturb the image and ruin its composition.

What are the three types of lines in regard to composition?

There are three types of lines when looking at the composition of a design piece: actual lines, implied lines, and imaginary lines. Actual lines are straight forward and is a drawn piece of the image. Implied lines are lines created by not actually drawing a line. An implied line example would be as the book uses, a line of train cars on a track. Or another example could be a tree line or a fence. There does not have to be continuous connection with the line, spaces can occur. Imaginary lines are the most subtle and could merely be someone pointing or gazing in a direction as used in the book.

What is hatching?

Hatching is the use of several lines to create value to a line image. The closer the lines are the darker and the more space between the lines the lighter the value gets. Hatching can also add texture to an image. My personal favorite use of hatching is not only the straight lines going in the same direction, but cross-hatching where you go one direction and then go about 180 degrees in a second direction.

How can pixelation affect a curved line displayed on a monitor?

The pixels on a monitor are squares stacked horizontally and vertically. Because of this lines that go horizontal or vertical are going with the flow of the pixels and will not be pixelized when blown up. When lines begin to curve is where pixelization occurs. This is because it is now leaving the path of the pixels on the monitor.


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