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Exercise 57. Strength of Line

We should briefly mention in conclusion that strength of line can have an important part to play in visual communication. Strength of line means how thick or thin you make your lines when creating a drawing or illustration. For example, most drawings have an even line thickness all over, whether they are background or foreground objects being drawn. However, if you draw the foreground with a much thicker line, specifically the outline, then the foreground elements will tend to stick out from the background ones a little more. Sometimes, a single line can have a thick and thin element within it, which gives an entirely other effect. To familiarize yourself with different techniques, make some line thickness studies from other artists’ work. Fill the next blank page with thumbnail sketches and notes you have arrived at when looking at a number of different cartoon, comic book, or illustration styles. (Take no more than 3 minutes for each thumbnail drawing.)