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The elements and principles of design, as well as some artistic terms described by the Gestalt principles help us to understand how well an art piece works. However, these terms can also be illustrated through art. When focused in an image, they can show the intended look that each term possesses.
For the word color, I chose to illustrate a more abstract rose. I wanted to tie this natural object to show the connection that color has with nature while still showing the more man-made colors with the abstraction. I chose to use color pencils to allow for some texture within the shading of each petal.
I chose to illustrate shape by drawing two examples of it from a skewed perspective. I chose not to do a realistic shading and instead a more radial shading to make the image more visually interesting.
I wanted to show emphasis with radial pattern. The sections pointing out toward the edges of the image highlight the center oval as the focal point of the piece and return your eye to this point constantly as you follow the pattern around the image.
For continuation, I chose to illustrate an interesting font in the form of my name. The way in which the black and white lines travel between the letters provides a continuous movement from one side of the paper to the other.
Proximity is shown with the faint shapes at the center of the image, as well as with the diamond shape holding them.
I created a contrast piece with the swirling shapes reaching toward the edges of the page. The various shades within these forms create different levels of contrast with the white spaces of the image.
Closure is represented with the eye form. On the outside of the eye, I chose not to close the space where the iris touches the eye lid. Closure is also shown with the absence of skin and having the eyelashes floating in space.
Line is illustrated with the candle image. All of the shading and forms within this piece were made solely using different weight lines.
Texture is shown in the biomorphic animal drawing. An animal’s fur is in itself textured, and I used this fact to allow for texture to be shown through a hand-made piece
Value is represented by the image of the colorful girl. I used the colors of the rainbow as a basis for color layout, and then I used different shades of each color as I colored down her body to show the different levels of value.
Repetition is shown in the checker board-like image, where the orientation of the squares and ovals being continued all the way down the page is the example of a repeated element.
Pattern is shown in the tribal design. The pattern comes from the way in which each of these individual forms area arranged. I chose to pattern these like a compass, with north represented by green, east represented by blue, south represented by red-orange, and west represented by yellow.
For balance, I took a more literal interpretation when constructing the image. I my mind, there is no better symbol for balance than the scales. I maintained balance within the image by having one area of the page filled in while leaving the other blank.
Movement is shown through the gif image. Again, I felt that a more literal approach to the word would be more effective. Movement is shown with the girl’s hair flowing with the swirls surrounding her.
The elements and principles of design and Gestalt help us to better understand an image. Illustrating these terms in turn help us to understand what they represent. Understanding the meaning behind these words can allow an artist to create stronger pieces than they would otherwise.