A line is a mark made on a surface that joins different points. Lines can vary in length, width, direction and shape. Artists and designers can use lines for many different reasons:

Lines can show the subject's physical appearance:

  • the outline of shapes and objects
  • details of features and patterns
  • surfaces and texture
  • tone, light and shade

Lines can suggest something more than just what can be seen:

  • movement
  • mood and atmosphere
  • the subject's emotions
  • the artist's emotions and ideas