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By Nathan Cabot Hale

ISBN-10: 0486142302

ISBN-13: 9780486142302

Stimulating, thought-provoking advisor exhibits how one can find a wealthy new layout resource within the abstractions inherent in ordinary varieties. traces of development 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 photos and different illustrations.

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Single out one sequence at a time and concentrate on it. You will see that, in a very simple way, you have shown expressive narrative powers with the simplest of means. Project: We have just seen that the marks that we call lines in drawing always represent other things in nature—things that are not really lines at all. Now it is important for us to examine the different kinds of line that can be made on paper. I am sure that you will feel that there are many different kinds of line, so I want you to take pencil and paper and make some lines.

This continues until many of these small streams meet and form a main river body. This form is almost identical to the tree form, except that the tree form grows in just the reverse order—from the main trunk to the smaller branches (Fig. 29). An example of branching lines in living organisms is the system of bronchial tubes that bring air to the lungs of air breathers (Fig. 31). Of course, the plant world uses many versions of this line form. A further variation of streaming lines is the network line form or, as they are called in anatomy, the anastomotic networks.

This development requires time and patience on your part, and the recognition of your individual needs. One person may require greater study and greater practice in the meaning and use of line; another may have a strong, natural aptitude for line, but the reverse may be true when it comes to color or pattern. It is best to work most intensively on the things in which you are weak; your strong qualities will take care of themselves. The style that you develop eventually will be an expression of your personality, your background, and the amount of learning that you achieve.

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