Principles of Design
Unknowingly, you already have a good sense of design. Through our constant bombardment from magazines, television and Internet, you have been exposed to thousands of visual messages. You know what looks good and what doesn’t. Sometimes the unusual will be used to grab attention (a negative is as good in some cases). But in general, you intuitively know if a design is off. So relax. It’s not as hard to create a good design as you think. Here are the eight principles we will cover:
Why is learning the principals of design so important? Just like when composing a letter or a blog, you want to make sense, offering some continuity from one paragraph to the next. The same goes for a piece of artwork. I like to think of my work, especially landscapes, as stories, inviting someone in to enjoy the sight. What’s more, I want my viewer to stay a while and see the beauty I have seen.
ContrastContrast can be accomplished with white, black and gray, monotones or colors.
- A dark color put next to a light one makes them both look brighter.
- Dark next to bright makes the bright one look brighter.
- Dark next to light makes the light seem lighter and the dark darker.
- Warmer colors look warmer when placed next to cool ones.
- Cool colors look cooler when placed next to warm ones.
- A bright color next to a muted color makes the muted one look more dull.
- If two colors are of a similar brightness, the less bright they'll both look when placed next to each other. Source
“Simultaneous contrast refers to the way in which two different colors affect each other. The theory is that one color can change how we perceive the tone and hue of another when the two are placed side by side. The actual colors themselves don't change, but we see them as altered. “ Marion Boddy-Evans
1830-1832, woodblock print, ink on paper.
Here's a chance to study some botanical drawing, using a variety of materials: pencil, colored pencil, watercolor pencil, watercolor paint, pen and ink.
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