• Of all the elements in art, line is the most familiar to us.
  • What is a line? Other than a mark made by a tool (pen, pencil, brush...), it is a form that has width and length. The width is so tiny compared to the length, that we perceive the line as having only length as a dimension.
  • The usual art definition of a line is a moving dot. This is useful to remember because it recognizes the inherent dynamic quality of line as an element of design.
  • A line is created by movement. Since our eyes must move to follow it, a line's potential to suggest movement is basic and instinctive.
  • Line is important because it can describe shape, and by shape we can we recognize objects and forms.
  • Line can also be a powerful form of visual suggestion.


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