Semantics of Line Drawings
Jocelyn Ireson-Paine
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Texture through character of line

"What is the texture? Smooth or rough, delicate or coarse, broken or rugged, silky or furry, dull or shiny?

What length of line would best indicate its precise qualities? Should the lines be long, graceful and pliable — mechanically unvaried — short and spasmodic — flowing — thick, or thin?

What directions should the lines take?

You have three definite means of achieving that Line Variety which constitutes so much of the charm of a pen drawing. You have to consider

Character of Line
Direction of Line
Spacing of Line"

From Percy V. Bradshaw, "I Wish I could Draw", 1941.