The next two elements are Line and Shape,
Line: Line is a mark on a surface that describes a shape or outline. It can create texture and can be thick, thin, or vary. Types of line can include actual, implied, vertical, horizontal, diagonal or imaginary.
To illustrate my use of lines, see the image below on the left. It is called Wallflowers.
Here I used straight lines of the “brick” wall and stems of the metal flowers to contrast with the curved lines of the other “plants”. I also used horizontal and vertical lines to break up the background.
Next time you look at a piece of art or photo, look for the lines. Are they used to create texture, vary in size, horizontal, curved or…
Shape: A 2-dimensional line with height and width, but no depth. Shapes can be grouped into two categories, geometric or organic.
I took a photo of a brick path and converted it to black and white. This was used in Wallflowers for the background. To contrast with the rectangular shape of the bricks, I used round gears for the “flowers”. The white circle behind the gear is used to illustrate the round shape.
Look at a favorite painting or photo. How many shapes can you pick out?
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