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Portraits using the Principles of Design

Examples of portraits that illustrate successful use of the principles of design.

Jennifer Gorlewski

on 8 May 2011

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Transcript of Portraits using the Principles of Design

Focusing on the
Principles of Design When you hear
what do you
think of? Not All Portraits have to be realistic. You probably feel
like this when you
hear the word
right? Or, your drawings end
up looking like this... Before cameras,
rich people paid
artists to paint them
as realistic as possible. But, we now have
cameras to do that. Now, as an artist,
it is your job to
create a portrait
that is interesting
and creative! How? By Using the
Principles of Design. Contrast:
A large difference
between elements. Unity:
Using similar elements
to create a sense of
oneness. Such as repeating
shapes, colors, and
textures. Such as lights
nexts to darks. Pattern:
Repeating elements
in a sequence. Movement:
Creating a sense
of motion or... How the eye
travels through
an artwork. Emphasis:
Placing importance
on a particular
area. You can do this by
framing the area. Balance:
Having equal
visual weight. Rhythm:
Creating a
visual beat
or movement
by repeating
similar elements. Think of waves
in the ocean. Okay, so you are thinking, "So What?!" For your final project
and your exam, I want
you to create your own
self-portrait You must use
at least 5
principles. It must have your
face somewhere. The media you
use is up to you. Most importantly,
Have Fun and
Be Creative!
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