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Hi everyone, and welcome. My name is Mario, and I'd like to welcome you again to today's lesson, which is going to be on line. So we're going to learn about the line element, and show a few examples, and see how it's important in the visual design process. So as always, feel free to stop, fast forward, and rewind as you see fit. When you're ready, let's go.

So line is a dynamic form defined by its length and direction. So here is a very obvious example of a line. Most of us are familiar with the line when we write, draw, and, naturally, within design or designing. Within our definition for line, we have a few other words in there that define characteristics of line, as well. Like dynamic. Which is the energy with an effective action. And we also have direction, which is the specific movement towards a point or destination.

So line is used in many ways to provide directions, steer us towards various elements and design, and provide a mood energy and sense of movement. So you'll notice in some of these examples of line how it provides the viewer with direction or sense of energy. But it's still rather dull.

So you can increase the sense of movement and create more dynamic design by playing with line weight. Which is the thickness, as seen here. It's a line thickness.

So, again, in these examples you'll notice just a pretty drastic change in appeal for these simple lines that have more dynamic weight. There's a much clearer sense of direction. There is a movement. And it'll even change common handwriting into kind of a classier or curvier, cursive or calligraphy type look.

And it has a huge impact on drawings, as well. You can take a look at this example of this horribly drawn character. But the character has more energy as a result of varying line weight, which provides more variety, in addition to appeal for the viewer.

Now up until this point we've talked about line, and like thickness, and direction. But there's also a different type of line called implied line. An implied line is an invisible line created by the shape and/or forms relationship to the space. So in real life, all around us, there's no line. Line would have to be three dimensional and at that point it would become a shape or real world object. So around us we see implied line. Like when you look out a window or walking down hallways. Now there's no drawn line in either of these. It's all implied by the shape, or the color, and different elements in relationship to space that create these boundaries that create, again, these lines that aren't really drawn lines. So to speak.

Well that covers today's lesson on line. We'll end with our key terms, as always. Which were line, direction, dynamic, movement, line weight, and implied line.

My name is Mario, and I hope you've enjoyed this look on the element of line today. And I will see you next lesson.

Terms to Know

Direction is the specific movement towards a point or destination.


Dynamic is energy with an effective action.

Implied Line

Implied line is an invisible line created by the shape and/or forms relationship to space.


Line is a dynamic form defined by its length and direction.

Line Weight

Line weight is the line's thickness.


Movement is line action.