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a path between two points that has width and length. Line can be used to define shapes, imply emotions and indicate shading. Line may be described in terms of its: character(vibrant, dynamic, quiet), direction(horizontal, vertical, diagonal), measure(length, width, long short) and type(straight, curved, angular, wavy)


a line that surrounds and defines the edge of a shape; does not apply line variation and shows little depth

contour line

a line that defines the exterior and interior of a form; has line variation

line variation

a line that changes from thick to thin; used to show depth, create points of emphasis, and imply movement

implied line

a line that is suggested, but not actually drawn

expressive line

lines used to depict an emotion

descriptive line

lines used to define a form


a pictorial representation that stands for other concepts and ideas

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