Element of Art: LINE

Notes and Examples of how to Illustrate Line

Line Notes

A line is the path of a point moving in space.


Artists use different types of lines to convey different information:

  1. Horizontal lines appear peaceful & calm
  2. Vertical lines appear strong & powerful
  3. Diagonal lines suggest movement & excitement
  4. Curved lines appear to be flowing or moving in a graceful way
  5. Zig Zag lines create tension or confusion


Line Quality: the special character of any line

  1. thick or thin
  2. smooth or rough
  3. continuous or broken
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Student Examples

Good and Not So Good Student Examples

What makes some of these examples better than others?


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