Module - Topic 1
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Topic 1: What is line?
We are going to look at how a master using simple line can create shape, form depth of space, shadow and detail. Look at Rembrandt's very simplistic pen and wash drawing. He was using many of the methods we still use today to create design drawings. He used them in a fine art environment. We will switch the methods around to suit design drawing. Look at how he uses thick and thin lines, soft and hard lines, direction of line and stroke, hatching, scribble line, dark and light line, fade-in and fade-out lines, and other methods to convey both visual and emotional content.
Brush Line Wash Drawing of a Woman by Rembrandt
In order to understand line, we need to define it better. Line is the most important method of communication we have at our literal fingertips. A picture is worth a thousand words. Using all the information and definitions below, begin to see line as the most essential tool an artist or designer has in their tool kit.
Once again look at the work of Al Hirschfeld from Chapter 1, for more modern masterful line drawings.
Use of line drawing with tone wash by Rembrandt
Back of a Woman by Rembrandt
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