The Elements of Art
The Building Blocks of Composition in Art
WHAT IS A LINE?
Geometrically, it connects two points. A line is a path traced by a moving point, (a pencil point or other tool). We see lines all around us. Line is a vital element of any artwork.
TYPES OF LINES
Actual lines are marks or objects that are real lines; they exist physically. Examples of actual lines include lines painted on a highway, tree branches, lines incised on the surface of gravestone, telephone poles, neon signs, and words on a page.
Implied lines are not actual lines. Lines are implied by the path of shapes, colors or values.
Outlines are the outer lines that describe the outer edge of a shape and appear flat.
Contour lines define all the lines and edges of objects giving it shape and volume.
Expressive lines are made to express a mood, emotion, idea or quality (aggressive, calm, etc.).