Drawing Shape: Contour Lines

Drawing Shape: Contour Lines


Game store carpet, Paris         via keepbusy

Earth isn’t flat but this carpet is.  Curving lines produce the illusion that the floor is wildly uneven terrain.  (This Parisian game store’s trippy — watch out for that dip.)

Lines, stripes, grids have tremendous influence on our visual comprehension.  This blogpost looks at some uses in the visual arts.

Systematic Landscapes by Maya Lin            via Cube Me

Stripes Field by Wax Architects               via wax-architects

Long-exposure air traffic by Terence Chang       via dark in the boy

In the next three examples note how differently each artist creates and contours with line.

Human Form 2 Painting with Light by Jason W          via Flickr

Dreams of the Goddess copyright Chris Maher      via ebay

Body Lines by Fernand Fonssagrives     via PATTERNITY

What a famed Venetian glass artist can do with a batch of same-sized glass canes (rods).

Dinosaur by Lino Tagliapietra     via The Morning Call

And what a French fashion luminary can do with striped fabric in a room.

Room design for the Elle Decor Siute by Jean-Paul Gaultier     via focusonstyle

Ray-traced 3D digital artwork from 2003, copyright Friedrich A. Lohmueller     via his website

Op Art Heart 2D digital artwork, by Marco Braun      via Art of Op Art on Flickr

Movement in Squares, 2D tempera on board, 1961, by Bridgit Riley           via op-art.co.uk

Bridget Riley + her art, photo     via Gallerist


look further:

Maya Lin

Wax Architects

  • Wax Architects, Beijing & Munich.  Urban design, architecture design, interior design, geometry consultancy.
  • Stripes Field    A series of stripes are generated translating vector properties into spacial organisations.  Software: Maya fluid dynamics, Maya Mel.
  • Compare this simpler vector field torus

Lino Tagliapietra

Bridget Riley

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