Student Portfolio: 3d design - line


In 3-dimensional design, line can be created through a series of adjacent points, a connection between two points, or one point in motion. The distinctive quality of each line is determined by the line’s orientation, direction, and degree of continuity. Orientation refers to the horizontal, vertical or diagonal position of the line. Direction refers to the implied movement of a line. Continuity, or linear flow, can increase movement and accentuate form. Actual lines can connect, define, or divide a design. Implied lines are created through mental rather than physical connections. The degree of actual or implied movement in a form can expand our vocabulary even further. Volume is the amount of space that an object occupies and refers to an enclosed area of three-dimensional space

I jump between 3 different projects in wire to teach line: wearable wire, wire push vehicles (inspired by WAWAD:, and a scale representation of a creature. All require building an armature with 20-16 gauge wire, optional tissue paper or vellum, and sketching 3 orthographic projection sketches to scale (top, bottom, and one side) before construction to help the students gain an understanding of how linear elements can make up a surface.