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Principles of Design

Principles of Design

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My tutorial about the Principles of Design, which are:
-Contrast
-Balance
-Scale and Proportion
-Repetition and Rhythm
-Unity and Variety
-Directional Forces
-Emphasis (Focal Point) and Subordination

An easy read, but it can help improve your art.
My tutorial about the Principles of Design, which are:
-Contrast
-Balance
-Scale and Proportion
-Repetition and Rhythm
-Unity and Variety
-Directional Forces
-Emphasis (Focal Point) and Subordination

An easy read, but it can help improve your art.

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Published by: Stephen on Jun 04, 2008
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Principles of Design
By Stephen ChmilarHave you ever looked at a picture you like and wondered why you like it? Have you everwanted to make your art more dramatic and eye catching? Well this tutorial will helpyou!Ok let’s start off:
Contrast
Like it or not, we live in a world full of contrast. They’re differences between tall andshort, black and white, young and old, female and male, living and dead, organized andchaos, hard and soft, red and green, sky and ground, organic and geometric, good and eviland so on. Here’s a bare bones example of contrast:Picture 1In Picture one we can clearly see that the black circle is contrasted to the white squarecanvas. So we have 2 contrasts here: big and small, black and white.Now let’s look at a picture example:
 
 In Picture 2 we can see a contrast between the small people and trees compared to the tallskyscrapers.Picture 2Next we will look at
Balance
.There are two types of balance: Symmetrical and Asymmetrical balance.Symmetrical means that the balance on either side is close to perfect. Most buildings areSymmetrically Balanced, look at the design of a Skyscraper and you’ll see that it’s prettyeven all the way up. Example of a Symmetrically Balanced model:Picture 3
 
The model in picture 3 is perfectly balanced on each side. However, if you go look atyourself in the mirror or look at other people, they are infact Asymmetrically Balanced.Asymmetrical means that the balance is off. Here’s an example:Picture 4In Picture 4 we see that the cat’s fur is not even on her face. She has much more black furon her left side of her face. Another example would be my face, it has a scar on the rightcheek and my mole pattern is different on either side of my face. Most organic things areasymmetrical.Faces aren’t the only kind of balance out there. There are also balances between:-Warm and Cold colours-Strong and Dull colours-Black and White-Earth and Sky-Subject and Background-Right and Left-Top and BottomOur next Principle of Design is
Scale and Proportion.
 People who have taken Life Drawing know all about these two. Scale is the size of anobject compared to other objects in a piece. And Proportion is the size of a part of anobject compared to the rest of the object.For example: (next page, did you know that the buildings, people and cars in picture 2were made out of Lego?)

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