April 24, 2018

U - Drawn line has unity.

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We have come far in understanding three elements of art: line, textures, and shapes. There is still more about forms, values, and space. Here is a list of rules describing the unity in a work of art. These are optional; however, keep in mind a viewer uses these unconsciously.

Unity: the successful joining of elements and principles to express the artist’s intention in the most effective ways. When the work is unified, we say that the artist is successful and that the drawing, painting, illustration, or design “works.” 

Dot: a pause recorded, a point of interest.
Line: the recorded path of a movement always present and felt.
Textures: one of the elements of art the different surfaces or allusions we see in the work of art.

Shapes: areas enclosed by lines and the spaces between.
Repetition: the repeated use of line, texture, shape, and space.
Rhythm: the repeating of certain movements throughout the art piece.
Variety: combining different elements to attract interests and to avoid monopoly, remember, too much variety produces confusion.
Contrast: juxtapostion of lines, textures, and shapes of various color and size on the paper or canvas.

Color: the variety of hues divide from the rainbow that includes tints, tones, shades, and values.
Value: the lightness or darkness of a color in a scale from black through grays to white.
Mass: a shape that appears to have substance and weight.

Negative or positive space: the interplay and interlocking of forms within and between space. The yang/yin of art.

We have barely mentioned the next principles that are important in UNITY.
Movement: the direction of space, color, lines, and values that animates the art piece.
Balance: the placement of lines, textures, shapes, colors, and space. Symmetrical - both side of the paper look-alike.  
Asymmetrical: several smaller forms weighing the same as a dense form.And, finally we have a piece of art.
Volume: the appearance of contained space.
Space: the actual place the medium occupies and the illusion of space within: mysterious, shallow, or indefinite.
Axis: the perspective in the art piece horizontal, vertical, and/or diagonal.
Composition: the arrangement of elements and principles to express a distinct style in a relevant medium.

This list from teacher Mrs. Steingart’s; she made copies with an old mimeograph machine, the diddo’s we used in schools 1950 through the 70’s. The device developed from the printing press that used a fluid to made prints from a carbon sheet, which resulted in purple ink and paper looking wet. No electricity used, the papers were pulled through by a rotary handle. 

Can you imagine how fast our forms of communication have developed from typewriter to the printing press to our “now” computers, iPads, and iPhones for mass communication on the virtual streaming web of encounters? And still, the same elements, rules, principles, values, and styles exist. INTERESTING! FUN! Not UNUSUAL! 

ASSIGNMENT:  Look, observe, study your art and the art of masters, which can find found on the web. Pick your favorite, my is Klee and Kandinsky, Turner, the impressionists, and most expressionists. There are so many fine arts: sculpture, weaving, quilting, clay, illustration, cartoons, painting, and drawing to name a few.

Send assignments via the 'ART for DRAWN LINES' message on this page. I will send the email address for you to include your drawing, titles with the letter U, which I will post on this blog.

Also, any comments, suggestions, other observations, or ideas are welcome. Art is to share; we are all artists and creative.


retirementreflections said...

Hi, Bobbie - It's great to meet you through the #AtoZChallenge Road Trip.
I greatly admire your talent and passion for Art and how you have combined this with your writing and story-telling. Thank you for sharing this with us.

C.TdeF said...

Stopping by from the #AtoZChallenge Road Trip! I admit to not knowing much about drawing terminology but I do remember the ditto machine!

JEN Garrett said...

Some schools still had ditto machines into the 80's, but Xerox quickly made them obsolete. I love art! My art of choice is writing, the weaving of words, but one of my favorite paint/drawing artists is Michael Garland.