Formal Elements Part 2


Space: While this picture has a lot a squirmy line action, the space between the lines gives your eyes a place to “breath” so to speak. By leaving those spaces between the lines with a nice gradient, I give this picture some clam to go with the otherwise hectic lines. If you focus too much on the lines, things might get too stimulating. However, by adding those calm spaces, there is now a place for the viewers eyes to calm down and balance the crazy. I also tried experimenting with negative space to contrast the light space in the background to give the art some depth.


Color: One of my favorite things about color is how it can control the viewers gaze if used correctly. In this piece, I gave almost everything a similar shade of green,  using slightly different shades to give some variation, except for a few shapes. Those exceptions, are the red shapes in the corner. This Difference in color causes the viewer bring their focus to the corner of the image as the red contrasting with the green catches the eye.


Line: While there are the obvious lines that make the shapes in this piece, there are also implied lines as well. These lines extend upward from the tips of the triangles which causes the viewers focus to rise to the upper edge of the artwork. The three green lines also help this idea as the viewer can follow those lines along with the implied ones to move the focus up.


Shape: Shapes are what builds objects and forms but shapes by themselves have meaning as well. So generally I associate round shapes with soft, and light colors. Mainly because there are no sharp edges or sides to “cut” through. However in this piece, I made my round shapes, dark and saturated to give the “soft” round shapes some “bite” so to speak. To contrast and go with this idea I also gave the harder edged shapes lighter and less saturated colors.


Value: For this artwork, I tried to show a contrast of value within it. I did this by having the ovals appear to have a light source to the right by giving them lighter colors on that side. However in the background, I placed the dark side of the gradient on the side the lighter value was suppose to come from, thus adding some contradiction to the value of the art. I believe that the contrast in value adds some dynamic to the art as well.


Size: I think that the best was to demonstrate size is to have a comparison of something that is large to something that is small small. Here I have some small, warm colored shapes next to and compared to larger, cooler colored squares. Those squares, in turn are smaller than the large circle in the background. In the end I suppose size is all relative but the different sizes are necessary to create an interesting piece. If it was just small shapes, the art might become too busy causing the viewer to get lost or become overstimulated. If it was all large shapes, the art could become fairly bland and not garner much attention. I believe that mixing sizes in artwork always helps keep things interesting.


Texture: Texture is an amazing aspect of art that can add life to an other wise dead or flat piece of work. As seen in this picture, the circle in the background clashes with the squares because of their texture. The squares have dimension, and appear to have depth. If you were to touch them, I would imagine they would be smooth and rounded. The circle in the background however, is completely flat in comparison. It has no texture and is quite bland. In the end, texture could be the thing keeping your art from popping and having that realistic feel.

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