4 Benefits About Line Quality

Posted on March 26, 2015 by Kate Moynihan | 0 comments

The smell of almond and vanilla floated in the kitchen as my grandkids, Lilly and Jackson, sprinkled layer upon layer of sugared confections to decorate a batch of freshly-baked, flowered cookies. The curvy shapes inspired me. 


In the painting above, notice the thick and thin black lines that outline the roses. This uneven nature of the line is intentional and is called line quality.

1.Adding variety to “a line” will create more interest, movement and depth into your art piece. Cartoons, illustrations and even stick figures will have more life.

 2. Above is a drawing from my first book, Beached in a Camper, where the kids are filling water balloons. Heavier lines are used to draw Adam, the boy standing in front of the girl, Freckles. The bolder lines make him appear more over-powering against the girl, Freckles. 

3. In the outline of the musicians and instruments the line quality enhances the lyrical movement of the piece.

 4. Next, the birch tree – my favorite image – with it’s natural, craggy bark just begs for great line quality. The thick and thin lines enhance the strength of nature. These 4 benefits will give your art more motion and power.

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About the Artsy Shopkeeper

Hi, I'm Kate Moynihan. Yes, I am a baby boomer, and my professional life has taken a few interesting twists and turns. The journey began as a registered nurse. After thirteen years of caring for others, however, I got the creative itch. At the time, I was a single mom living in North Dakota; that’s when I caught this bug to paint pictures. Now, twenty-seven years later, I have some stories to tell about my artistic journey. Read more...

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