BASIC LINE TYPES USED IN LANDSCAPE DESIGN DRAWING

Figure 15—1, 15—2, and 15—3 identify, define, and illustrate 16 basic line types that are used in all the landscape design drawings found in this textbook and in profes­sional design work. Figure 15—1 shows the following types of lines:

1. Simple

• A plain straight line.

2. Blip

• A plain straight line interrupted with a series of slight bumps (blips).

3. Fray

• A plain straight line with one end emphasized and the other tapering out.

4. Meander

• A smooth curved line in a back-and-forth movement.

5. Wave

• A meandering line with repetitive back-and-forth movement.

6. Arc

• A smooth curved line in one direction.

7. Pepper

• A series of dots to highlight the edge of a form or material.

8. Echo

• Repeating any line type with a lighter or thinner line.

9. Box

• A square or rectangular shape.

10. Polygon

• A shape with more than four sides.

11. Scallop

• Repeating the letter “u” or letter “m” end to end.

12. Bubble

• A simple circle or slight oval.

13. Accordion

• A taller and tighter scallop.

14. Bookshelf

• A series of short simple lines in a row. They may be parallel or angled.

15. Swirl

• Overlapping loops in a particular direction.

16. Jitter

• An irregular line made with a “nervous” hand.

Figure 15—2 shows sample line types 1 through 8 of the previous list;

Figure 15—3 shows sample line types 9 through 16.