What is line graphics?

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Line graphics is one of the main techniques for creating drawings, sketches, drawings or diagrams. It contrasts the lines with the surface of the paper. This contrast, together with the slope, thickness, curvature and length of the lines, gives a different perception of the depicted – flat or spatial. We have courses for beginner artists, where we tell how different materials, tools and techniques create different line textures, which changes the feeling of the materiality of the object form of the image.

Why line? The line is the most common type of image. This is due to the peculiarity of human vision – any object is perceived first through its contour, that is, the outer line. The eye allows you to perceive the contour not as a single line, but as a set of lines with characteristics of the structural qualities of the object. Linear perception conveys to the brain information about the size, mass, shape, and angle of an object. The basis for the formation of any image is also a line, so it is a depicted tool in line graphics.

The line can be of different thickness, reflecting the range of the contours of the object in the drawing or sketch:

  1. A thin line is used for objects in the background;
  2. Middle line – a line with a little more pressure for the middle plan;
  3. Thick line. The object with thick outlines will be in the foreground.

In addition to lines in line graphics, a stroke is used – a sharp touch of the instrument on the paper. It affects the filling of the form, its volume or plane. Also, the stroke does not have an independent meaning as an element of a graphic drawing, but goes in addition to lines or other strokes.

Courses for beginner artists

Did you know that the linear way of expressing architectural designs originated in ancient Egypt? Since the 15th century, drawings of ships and structures have been known. At that time, architects and engineers performed them with just three tools:

  • rulers,
  • compass,
  • Reisfeder.

It is interesting to know that drawings made 500 years ago do not differ much from modern architectural and engineering documentation. Of course, there is a difference in the style and character of the drawing of the early 15th century and the present drawing, but the very essence of the language for depicting objects is the same. To learn the language of linear graphics, it is enough just to start art drawing courses, and then everything depends on the personal qualities of a person, such as, for example, professional culture.

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