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By Nathan Cabot Hale

Stimulating, thought-provoking advisor indicates easy methods to find a wealthy new layout resource within the abstractions inherent in common types. strains of progress and constitution, water and liquid varieties, climate and atmospheric styles, luminosity, earth shades, many different parts are proven to be wellsprings of inventive abstraction. Over 370 pictures and different illustrations.

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Next, on the first of these horizontal lines, draw another line that crosses the center at an angle of 10°cross the second horizontal line at a 20°angle; and so on, progressing to 90°at the last cross—which should be a horizontal crossed by a vertical. When you have finished, examine all of these crossed lines and determine which is the most eye stopping—and ask why this is so. 12. Here are some combinations of straight lines. The eye reads each one differently because each causes the eye to make different movements.

Its purpose is to help you discover the nature of light and dark lines. You will need your pencil and paper, a table top, and a work light that can be raised and lowered. First I want you to make some careful observations of the light and dark lines of sun and earth. The best time for this is noontime, or the hours just before and just after. The sun is overhead and is shining its brightest. Look at the objects that rest on the earth and the objects parallel to the earth’s surface. Try to differentiate between the light lines and the dark lines or cast shadows (cast shadows are another problem that we will investigate later).

Is it dark or light? Ask what is the line weight—does it suggest levitation or does it accent gravity? Does the line lead to a point or to a center of interest? Is the line a rhythmic echo of other lines? What is the emotional feeling that the line transmits? Let your eye follow where the artist’s line leads, but ask why he has chosen specific kinds of lines for specific purposes. Your drawing task is this: I want you to make a page of totally abstract lines that are something like a road map that starts at one point and wanders all over the paper.

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