“Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.” ― Leonardo da Vinci
After Basic Descriptions and Shapes, the third tutorial of the Graphic Design Basic Element Series covers Basic Directions.
Lines in graphic art essentially incorporate four main descriptions. They are also further broken down into a subset utilizing these four main distinctions.
We can see lines in art expressed as a single line or series of lines that define an entire design, a part of the design, or something as simple as its border.
Another term an artist may use to describe a line is a continuous contour.
Four Basic Line Descriptions
The Parts That Create The Whole
At the top of the page is an example illustration. The visual in its simplicity demonstrates how an artist can use the basic line and shape plus opaque and tonal colored hues to create a visual statement.
By learning to see these basic elements, an artist makes important creative distinctions. They are opening their eyes to a new way of seeing and recreating their world. Even the newbie artist can begin to transfer their ideas and feelings to a canvas or paper so they may tap into the joy of creating.
Feel free to download the following design tutorial example of the Four Basic Directions.
Small, Medium, and Large
Like lines, shapes also add interest when their size and shape are varied.
Even in complex designs, basic elements can build the intent of the art piece while seeming simple and yet elegant.
An artist mantra:
“Small, Medium, Large, Line, Plane, Tone”
I like to view each image I create and ask if I have incorporated the mantra’s qualities. Sometimes the small element acts as a treat for the viewer who closely views the art piece.
To practice learning, incorporate the basic descriptions by creating a piece of art. It can be a drawing or painting.
Pick a season of the year and illustrate it using the above mantra.
Here is a simple example illustration expressing the idea of leaves blowing in the wind.
Now that we have covered the basic element descriptions, sizes, and directions the following tutorial will cover Basic Surfaces.
Hope to see you there!
Our next tutorial will describe the Basic Surfaces found in design and downloadable tutorial images.
Please visit the Art & Design Table of Contents to follow each series in its order.