I'm not certain why this fascinates me so much, but it does. In fact I notice it fascinates my DD's too. As little girls they were perfectly infatuated with "Donald Duck in Mathmagicland" - LOL. Math and the arts go hand in hand - you might find it rather odd that Math was a simple thing for me and I found it rather interesting - LOL. So much for the blonde excuse now I guess :D
The teacher in me wants to share everything I know, but the realist knows that it will take me hours to do so. Therefore I'm going to try and do this in a series perhaps, or get as much out as I can in as short a statement as possible. Thus I'd better quit jabbering and get down to it. Tonight I'm going to try and list the Elements and Principles and then I'll work my way through them as I find the time.
THE SEVEN ELEMENTS OF DESIGN
Design - it's an arrangement or a way of organizing things. The elements of design are what our eyes see and then our brain decodes. These elements effect our senses - they are what we organize in design. The Elements of Design are the building blocks of your artistic creations.
1-Color - has three properties:
- hue - represents a specific color or light wavelength in the color spectrum. Red, yellow, green, blue and back to red again.
- value - lightness or darkness of a color - measured from white to black
- intensity - brightness or dullness of a color.
2-Line - boundaries or connections in your layouts. Line has many variables - size, shape, direction, position, number, and density.
3-Space - the area between and around objects on a layout. Positive AND negative space.
4-Shape - circles, squares, rectangles - if you can draw the shapes, you can draw anything Ü
5-Form - 3-d shape. Create an illusion of form in your artwork.
6-Texture - surface characteristics that you can see (visual) and feel (tactile); rough, smooth, glossy -etc.
7-Value - again the lightness or darkness of color. Artists devote years of study to this one element which creates 3-dimensions to your 2-dimensional art.
THE FIVE PRINCIPLES OF DESIGN
The principles of design are the tools by which you can arrange the elements of design in your layouts. It is the organization of a work of art.
1-Formal and Informal Balance - it's a physical symmetry. When the elements of design are brought together to create a sense of unity it will be more visually pleasing.
2-Emphasis/Variety - dominance - giving an object more importance than any other part of a layout creates a focal point or emphasis - a point on which to rest your eye. Variety keeps it interesting. Variety or contrast can be created by the juxtaposition of opposite elements (i.e. line - straight/curved; color-red/green) in close proximity of one another.
3-Rhythm & Movement- repetition of elements of design to create agreement. Repetition can be one element of design repeated at consistent intervals. Gradation - progression of size, color, direction - causes your eye to move around a layout.
4-Proportion - the relation of one part to another in a layout.
5-Harmony/Unity - when all objects in your layout give you a sense of oneness or the work is presented as a whole, not in separate little sections it has Unity. Harmony in music results in a pleasing tone to the ears; harmony in art results in a pleasing work to the eye.
WOW - that took me a LOT longer than I remember it taking me in the midst of my studies. I even had to drag out some of my old notes - LOL! The good news is that I will try and break down each one of these over the next while. Please let me know if you find this helpful, so that I will continue on this merry pursuit. If I don't hear anything I'll know that it's pretty boring stuff to most of you and that I'm an oddity for certain (insert big grin). OK- I'm off to get some shuteye. Talk to you all tomorrow.