Line art or line drawing is any image that consists of distinct straight or curved lines placed against a (usually plain) background, without gradations in "shade (darkness) or "hue ("color) to represent two-dimensional or three-dimensional objects. Line art can use lines of different colors, although line art is usually monochromatic. Line art emphasizes "form and "outline, over color, shading, and texture. However, areas of solid "pigment and dots can also be used in addition to lines. The lines in a piece of line art may be all of a constant width (as in some "pencil drawings), of several (few) constant widths (as in "technical illustrations), or of freely varying widths (as in brush work or "engraving).["citation needed]
Before the development of "photography and of "halftones, line art was the standard format for "illustrations to be used in "print publications, using black ink on white paper. Using either "stippling or "hatching, shades of gray could also be simulated.["citation needed]
One of the most fundamental elements of art is the line. An important feature of a line is that it indicates the edge of a two-dimensional (flat) shape or a three-dimensional form. A shape can be indicated by means of an outline and a three-dimensional form can be indicated by "contour lines.
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