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Contour - What is Contour Line in Drawing


Definition: A contour is the line which defines a form or edge - an outline. Contour drawing is the place where most beginners start, following the visible edges of a shape. The contour describes the outermost edges of a form, as well as dramatic changes of plane within the form.

'Blind contour drawing' is when contour drawing is done without looking at the paper.

Contours in map making track across a surface linking points of the same height, so are very different in appearance and purpose to the contours referred to in visual art. This type of cartographic contour has more in common with an artist's 'cross contours', which are drawn to describe imaginary lines that cut across the form.

Also Known As: outline, pure contour,line, outlines
Common Misspellings: contor
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