LINE

Line can function in two separate ways. Firstly, line can function as an outline, profile, contour or silhouette. Very simply, it can define the basic fundamentals of the object represented.  In Francesco Clemente’s She and She, two faces and a body are clearly identifiable even though the artist drew very few lines.

 

 

CAN WE LIGHTEN THIS UP A LITTLE?

 

But the lines are efficient and effective. A line forms the profile of the heads, narrowing down to the chins. Lines outline the bridge of the noses down to the nostrils. A simple line outlines and separates the lower lip and upper lip. A simple line forms the silhouette of the body colored in red.  Look again at Keith Haring’s Subway Drawing, 1983. Simple lines define the contours of the bodies and their varied parts. Again, if lines are used efficiently, very few can convey much information about the objects represented.