Understanding 2021

Happy New Year! Here, a short review and something new.


Understanding composition and how it affects visual communication is empowering. Composition drives mood, meaning and message. It is the arrangement of the elements of art according to the principles of design.


The Elements are: line, shape, form, pattern, space, value & color.


The Principles of Design are: movement, scale, balance, harmony, rhythm and emphasis.


An introduction to positive and negative shape. I went for a walk around the neighborhood and took my smartphone. Here, starting with simple is an example of positive negative shape found in my front porch door matt. Geometric shapes.



Positive negative. Organic shapes.


2 with different ratios of balance...


3 with different subjects....



2 that include perspective.


Positive negative from a bird's eye view...


Can there be layers of positive negative? Can those layers be literal or conceptual? Yes!


Positive negative comedy? Perhaps...

Positive negative, same subject, different viewpoints...



Positive negative, cropped, unusual angles, architecture, geometric.



Positive negative, cropped, unusual angles, landscape, organic.




Positive negative from simple and literal to complex, layered and conceptual.



Recap....


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