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line drawing

a drawing done exclusively in line, providing gradations in tone entirely through variations in width and density.
Origin of line drawing
1890-95 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2016.
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  • It is somewhat difficult to exemplify this by a line-drawing, though it is easy to do so with an actual example.

    Armour & Weapons Charles John Ffoulkes
  • Sometimes, though incorrectly, applied to a line-drawing in pen and ink.

  • They reproduce, or almost reproduce, the color-charm of the early broadsides; and they show a marked improvement in line-drawing.

  • The one colour was used as a ground with the high lights cut away; the other block, for the ordinary convention of line-drawing.

British Dictionary definitions for line-drawing

line drawing

a drawing made with lines only, gradations in tone being provided by the spacing and thickness of the lines
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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