Introduction to ‘Elements of Design’ exercises.

Below are the exercises undertaken for Assignment 2 ‘Element of Design’ Further research can be found under this link.

 Some of the exercises are more successful then others due to some concepts of design being familiar and others not so familiar.  As the coursework progressed and the research developed I found the concepts began to ‘fall into place’.  Hopefully the learning undertaken here will be better reflected in my assignment images that will be posted under the category of assignments and feedback in due course.

 The overall lessons of this module was to learn how to understand  the graphic element to composition. By dissecting different composition concepts we can identify what will work in an image. There are lots of new tools to add to the box and this has been an extremely valuable module for me.

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Another example of pattern from a mosaic. The individual pieces aren’t uniform but similar in size. The quantity and proximity to each other enables our eye to scan the image without a resting place and consider it a pattern.

Exercise: Rhythm and Pattern

Exercise: Rhythm and Pattern

In this exercise we were to look at rhythm and pattern. Having considered the columns on the left, I am not sure now that I couldn’t have come up with a stronger image as this, in itself, might actually be an example of uniformity and not rhythm. Does the eye move along the row rhythmically? I am not sure it does. I will head out again and find a better example after completing further research that will be found under the research category. The heart on the left is a good example of pattern. Filling the frame it implies the pattern continues. Layers of the same shape form and irregular pattern that the larger hearts on top break.

Exercise: Implied Triangles.

Exercise: Implied Triangles.

This exercise required us to find 3 people to arrange in a triangular shape. Finding myself without willing models this week and following the brief to upload exercises in order I had to go into a back folder for this image so I can move on with the coursework uploading a research. I took sometime ago with a little bridge camera and had to scan the image in. We can see clearly the outline of the group forms an implied triangular shape.

Exercise: Implied lines.

Exercise: Implied lines.

For this first part of the leading line exercise we were asked to analyse 3 of our own images for implied lines. I selected 3 image that were pleasing to my eye in the hope I would discover why they were pleasing. I discovered elements to the image that I hadn’t been consciously aware of. For instance the fanning lead lines in the snail and the swan’s plumage. The strongest sense of implied lines is in the portrait of the potters where the viewers eye is drawn from the female, across to the male and then to the jug.

Exercise: Triangles – Still life.

Exercise: Triangles - Still life.

As required, I have produced two still life compositions demonstrating still life with apex at top and bottom. I have always found still life difficult but I am now beginning to see that this is because I had gaping gaps in knowledge with regards to some elements of design that we are addressing in this module. Again, I will be writing more thoroughly under the category of research and reflection. This link will be placed here in due course.