Friday, November 5, 2010

Design Focus Friday - Line

The first element of design that we're going to play with is line. There are many different types of line - horizontal, vertical, diagonal, dotted, jagged, thick, thin, wavy, straight, long, short - the list could go on indefinitely. How many different types of line can you find? Take photos of as many of the lines as you can that you see during your day. Now go through the photos. Which of the lines do you like better and why? How can you use these lines in your work? How can you use them to organize? Texturize? Guide the eye? Provide movement?

Be aware of what the shape of lines can convey. Sharp edges could indicate tension, crispness, hardness, formality, or high tech. Soft edges and curves may be softer, flowing, more casual, or more personal. Even small changes in line thickness, endings, or shape changes can alter the look and feel of a design. Try drawing sets of patterns using only black or white lines that illustrate static, dynamic, or random line patterns. Experiment with line width, spacing, and using horizontal, vertical, curved, and even diagonal lines.

How can you use line in a composition to make it more active? Or still? What direction of line conveys more action? Or serenity? What emotions can you evoke with line alone? What does changing the weight of the line do to your composition? Or changing the texture of the line?

Try thinking about and using line in your work this month. I'd love to see what you come up with so do leave a comment. I'll post a link to show everyone else what you've created.


WoolenSails said...

I like the idea of looking for lines and the thought of hard or soft in context of how you want the piece to feel.


Tricks said...

Hi Ruth,
Gosh, Your thinking with line is very similar with how I have been thinking in my recent post, although I am analysing pattern. Great minds! Great ideas. Regards Tricia

Heather Woollove said...

What a great exercise, Ruth!!
I'm going to try some next week when I'm off!