Composition – lines

“The most basic element of design is the line; it can be horizontal, vertical, curved, bold, implied, or diagonal.”

Horizontal and vertical lines – stability, quiet, restfulness – they are usually first to attract attention.

Diagonal Lines- action, violence energy – movement where there isn’t any. Character that is unstable- a “malfunction”.

Curved lines – different meanings depending on their size and shape – Sharp curves suggest turbulence. Soft curves- imply a sensual or soothing quality – harmony. The S-curve can be a main subject or a framing element.

Jagged Lines- combo of multiple lines – horizontal and vertical – diagonal and curved – convey a sense of restlessness and agressiveness.

source: Understanding Storyboarding.


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