10 Different Kinds of Art Lines

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Even something as simple as how you draw a line can drastically affect the outcome of your drawing. Find out about ten different kinds of art lines with help from a writer and illustrator in this free video clip.

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My name's Aaron Kromann. I'm an independent artist, and I'm here to talk to you about the 10 different lines in art. First, we have the straight line. Now, you don't see this often in nature, but you might see it in, like, a building or a street sign. Now, the one we use a lot more often is the curved line, use it for natural things, unnatural, etcetera. Then, there's the dotted line, and the dash line. Now, these are used more in, like, architectural drawings to show what isn't there. They're called hidden lines. Next, we have zigzag lines, like you might use on a saw, or something like that. Then, there's intersecting lines, which are like a X and a plus sign, or even with cross hatching. Really, it's any time that a line touches another line. Then, there's a variable line, which kind of goes thin to thick. Mostly, just kind of do it naturally, but as you get more advanced as an artist you can control the line thickness of things. Next is a contour line, which is kind of the outline of something. Like, here's a lamp. And then, there's the continuous line, which is a line where you don't lift your pen. It's not used often in art, but some people use it pretty well. The next line is what is called an implied line. It's a little bit different, as it is a line that isn't there. It's implied. Here, let me show you. Like, when you draw a face, and here's a jawline, and then go up here. And, there's no line in between here, but you know that it does kind of look like this, but you don't actually see the line. I know this seems basic, but you need to learn to walk before you run. Learning the basics are essential to discovering your own personal art style. My name is Aaron Kromann, and good luck with art!


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