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What Makes a Composition Interesting?

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Ashley Bailey

on 5 December 2014

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Transcript of What Makes a Composition Interesting?

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Shape
Positive & Negative Space
Positive Space
The illusion of depth.
Size of an object compared to its original size.

Perspective
Perspective is the set view point a work of art is created from.
What makes a Composition Interesting?
Balance
Elements of Design
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Principles of Art

Using strategic variations in the types of line used to enhance a work of art.
Line Variation
Line: A “mark” that connects one point to another.
The Mark can take on any form between the two points.
Lines may be THICK or THIN; WHOLE or BROKEN. Lines can be STRAIGHT, CURVED, or JAGGED. Jagged lines convey enthusiasm, anger, and energy. Curved lines are organic, rhythmic and soft. Horizontal lines are peaceful and calming. They also provide order and move the eye from left to right. Vertical lines suggest stability and strength. Diagonal lines express spontaneity and stimulate the eye, providing action and movement on the page. Artists use line to convey meaning and guide the viewer's eye across the page.
Two different values that create a line.
Implied line
Directional Value/Lines
Values or Lines that go with the shape of the object.
Stippling- Using a series of dots to show Value.
Hatching- Parallel lines or lines in one Direction to show value.

Crosshatching- Series of Intersecting lines to show value.
Value: Lightness and darkness of an object.

Illusion of Texture on a 2d Surface
Visual Texture
Value can suggest depth, volume, and mood.
Value can suggest depth, volume, and mood.
Lines converging to a single point to show distance from the eye.

Point on the horizon which lines and objects converge.

HORIZON LINE: The theoretical horizontal eye level line that separates the sky
from the ground.
One Point Perspective contains only one vanishing point on the horizon line
Two Point Perspective contains two vanishing points on the horizon line
The symmetry of a work of Art.

Affected by:
Size of objects
Placement of objects
Value (lightness & darkness)
Color


Symmetrical
Equal or appears to be equal on both sides.

Can be identical or similar in terms of number of objects, colors or other elements

Asymmetrical
Not equal on both sides
Obvious imbalance by:
Several smaller items balanced by a larger object
Color
Value


Balance radiating out from the center
Creates focal point
Draws eyes to center
Radial Symmetry

an enclosed space defined by other elements of art.
2-dimensional.
Shapes can be CONCRETE and easily recognizable or distorted to express ABSTRACT ideas. There are two types of shape: organic and geometric. ORGANIC SHAPES are irregular and curvy. They symbolize natural objects, such as trees and humans. Organic shapes convey spontaneity, and unpredictability. GEOMETRIC SHAPES are triangles, circles, rectangles, squares etc. They are used for non-natural objects, such as buildings, houses, and cars. Geometric shapes are exact, rigid, and are often created from mechanical origins.

Shapes can be CONCRETE and easily recognizable or distorted to express ABSTRACT ideas. There are two types of shape: organic and geometric. ORGANIC SHAPES are irregular and curvy. They symbolize natural objects, such as trees and humans. Organic shapes convey spontaneity, and unpredictability. GEOMETRIC SHAPES are triangles, circles, rectangles, squares etc. They are used for non-natural objects, such as buildings, houses, and cars. Geometric shapes are exact, rigid, and are often created from mechanical origins.

Space is the visual illusion that invites the viewer into a picture; space may be DEEP, SHALLOW, or FLAT. To create a three-dimensional effect or sense of depth on a flat, two-dimensional surface, artists use various devices including overlapping objects, relative size, position of images etc..

Area inside an object
The part of the design you see because something is actually there.
Creates emphasis
Negative Space
Area around an object.
Space can be considered negative by not having anything occupying it or positive space (the object) being strongly emphasized


Relationship from one part to its whole.


Scale
Contrast
Opposing sides of a composition

Creates emphasis
Uses:
color
Value
Line
Shape
Space
Balance
Etc…

Color
By definition, an element of art comprising of hues produced through the reflection of light to the eye.
PRIMARY COLORS
red, yellow & blue.
Pure colors from which other colors are mixed.

SECONDARY COLORS
orange, green & violet.
Obtained by mixing equal parts of two primary colors.
INTERMEDIATE COLORS
red-orange, yellow-orange, red-violet, blue-violet, yellow-green, blue-green.
Obtained by mixing primary and secondary colors.
a light value of a color; made by adding white.
COMPLEMENTARY COLORS
colors that are opposite on the color wheel

a dark value of a hue; made by adding black.
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