What Are Descriptive Lines in Art?

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Descriptive lines is an art term used to describe a very specific element of a piece. Learn about descriptive lines in art with help from a graduate of the Maine College of Art in this free video clip.

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Hi. My name is Abbeth, and I am going to show you what descriptive lines in art are. So, I am going to be using oil pastels today. I'm going to show you this. And in this case since we're talking about lines, you can really use any color you want. And lines can tell so much about the emotion and personality and shape of whatever it is that you're drawing. A very light line used with the corner of your drawing tool can show something that's very far away or something that's very delicate and barely there. If you use the thick part of your drawing tool, so drawing vertically like this and really push down hard, That will show something that's much closer and more solid. And you can really draw with any variation of line in between these two extremes and it will really make for a more interesting drawing. My name is Abbeth and I just told you about descriptive lines in art.


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