What Are the Functions of the Line in Art?

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The function of the line in art is to create a basic motion of the image, to map out the general position of the figure and to create the shapes that comprise the image. Understand line work in art with creative tips from a professional illustrator in this free video on drawing.

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Joel Hickerson, grindog.com. Today we're going to explore what are the functions of the line art. Specifically we're going to talk about a line of action. And this line of action you can start straight up, would be maybe a figure just standing there, following the line of action. Or, maybe he's in motion, leaning forward, or possibly reclined. Other uses would be maybe for a pet, a dog. That's a pretty good example. Before I ever start drawing anything, I'll create some sort of guide and that's basically what the line of action does, whether it's standing still, in motion, reclined or even to create a structure for your animal. And that's one of the functions of the line in art.

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