The simplicity of the line in our work is paradoxically one of the most complex and multi-layered of the design elements. The line can say so much with so very little.
· Controlled line is rational. A gestural line is emotional.
· Gestural lines capture basic forms and proportions – the emotion and essence of a subject – without focusing on detail. Gestural lines are completed rapidly and suggest movement and action.
· Practicing gestural drawing increases drawing speed, confidence and intuitive mark-making skills.
· Line provides shape and structure.
· Lines can be literal or implied.
· Line provides a pathway for the eyes to follow throughout a composition.
· Line implies motion or movement.
· The first four lines of every painting are the edges of the canvas or paper.
· The emotion of line direction: horizontal (peaceful, serene), vertical (power, strength) and diagonal (energy, excitement.)
· Those lines parallel to the outside edge lines are considered static while not parallel lines are dynamic.