Tuesday, March 17, 2009

principles of design

Unity: This is the arrangement of one or more of the elements used to create a feeling of completeness. In other words, everything in the work seems to belong and contribute to the overall picture.

variety: an image that shows different kind of elements and principles to attract the eye.

Movement can be achieved through lines, repetition of shapes, or any of the elements. When your eye keeps looking around the composition you have movement.

Rhythm:Rhythm can be described as timed movement through space; an easy, connected path along which the eye follows a regular arrangement of objects.

Pattern: This is the repetition of certain elements (like color or line) in a work of art.
Repetition is created when objects, shapes, space, light, direction, lines etc. are repeated in artwork.

Balance: Balance is the concept of visual equilibrium. It is a relationship of opposing forces in a composition that results in visual stability. Most successful compositions achieve balance in one of two ways: symmetrically or asymmetrically. When a composition is balanced both sides have equal weight. When it is unbalanced you tend to look more to one side of the composition.