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Line in Drawing
Transcript of Line in Drawing
utilitarian or aesthetic
Ability to describe & inform
- Line can outline, describe configuration, dimensions, proportions, & typography
Rhythmic, choreographic qualities, frozen record of kinetic energy
Hyman Bloom, "Wrestlers"
Drawing Tool /
Mimmo Paladino, "Dedalus"
lines cut into linoleum & printed - producing a negative line.
scratching produces a specific line quality
Artist's Intent /
Sensitivity of Artist
This is the strongest
determinant of line quality
Henri Matisse, "Nude in the Studio"
Matisse's line quality is well recognized
Alberto Giacometti, "Standing Female Nude"
Linear Phrase =
a single line's uninterrupted movement from beginning to end
Types of Line Phrase
Outline is the simplest way to describe/symbolize an object.
It encloses a shape by defining its boundary & separating it from its background
It is usually consistent & continuous in its weight & application.
It looks like one unbroken line phrase.
The 2D drawing surface dominates over any sense of physical 3D reality.
It is a series of related line phrases.
gives an illusion of depth.
aka - lyrical/handwriting
functional & aesthetically pleasing
used in calligraphy where we see a rhythmic manipulation of line
Lines shift from angular to curvilinear, from long smooth phrases to rhythmic modulated, from thick to thin
allows more description & expression.
"Old Man Leaning on a Stick"
"The Yellow Violin"
Multiple Lines /
allows for a sense of movement, or energy
Repeating/rephrasing a line gives it more strength and life.
"Two Views of a Female Nude"
Contour lines suggest physical vitality & dimensionality.
They are spatially descriptive.
These lines are often longitudinal or latitudinal.
"Trois Femmes Nues"
Giacometti breaks the body into its underlying geometric structure, composed of multifaceted planes.
"Row of Sleepers"
Auguste Renoir "The Bathers"
aka - structural
Parallel sequential strokes
"Five Nude Men"
Angular, assertive, might be "ugly," scratchy, tense
"Ed Murrow Slaying The Dragon Of McCarthy"
Smudged, erased, or destroyed in a way that creates an indefinite edge & ambiguous space
Lines that go across a form showing three dimensionality
Similar to this common "3D hand" activity