Drawing with line is the primary instinct when we learn to draw. Ask children to draw a picture of their family, and they’ll usually interpret the subject through a series of stick figures.


Ideas come to us as abstractions in the form of line, but line is not how the eye sees the world. A line is an imaginary concept. If you consider that people instead see in light and shadow, then it’s logical to conclude that lines do not exist outside of our imagination. In our minds, we use lines to delineate one form from another, such as a cup from the table on which it sits, a leaf from a tree, or a single person from a crowd ...

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