Line

What is line? Line is our first visual element to explore! Line is an Elementary means of communication Line can be defined as the path between two points. A tool in a medium creates line as it moves across an area. A line is only visible when it contrasts in value with its surroundings. Three-dimensional lines can be made using wire rods and other things.

The Elements of Design

The Elements and Principles of Design are the foundation of the study of Art and Design. They are the building blocks of all Art and Design. The Elements and Principles of Design provide us with the vocabulary to begin to discuss, explore and create strong Visual Art. Let’s begin with the Elements of Design. In 2-Dimensional Design the elements of design are: LINE, SHAPE, COLOR, TEXTURE AND VALUE Line: A form that connects dots. A line becomes visible due to the contrast between the form and its surrounding area. In Visual Art a line is often the most basic element....

Squash and Stretch

Squash and Stretch are the first two principles of Animation. These first two principles are to produce an illusion of objects or characters moving with the laws of physics at work. Many see these first two principles as being the most important. Squash and Stretch show the physical properties of a body or object have gravity and weight. Applications of stretch and squash can vary. For instance when taken to an extreme a figure stretched or squashed can have a comical effect or an object that has an exaggerated stretch or squash may be made from an extremely malleable substance....

Dissecting a Web Site

A great way to understand web design is to dissect web design. To begin, websites render differently based upon the device and monitor on which they are displayed. Also, websites render differently based on the search engine that is being used. Since this is the case, we want to always think about what information is presented above the fold of the webpage (where the page ends on your screen without scrolling), especially of the landing page (The landing page is the page on which the visitor lands when he or she types in the URL). As we take a closer...

What makes for a strong photo?

What makes for a strong photo?  Is it the image, the composition, the color or lack of?  Is it the contrast or does determining what is good lay in the mind of the viewer? When viewing photographs consider the following:  Does the image have a “wow” factor?  Does the image tell you a story and engage you?  Is the image clear? Does color or lack of color add to the composition? How does your eye read the information in the composition? Is it a good composition?  Consider the rule of thirds. Vertical and Horizontal Balance. Assymetry versus Symmetry. More on...

Black and White Digital Photography

When we start at the beginning of photography we start with the black and white, monochromatic image.  In early photography this was the only way to capture an image.  Now we can say that Black and White photography has grown into so much more than just an image without color…. We can describe Black and White photography as being timeless, powerful, emotional, passive, raw, dramatic and so much more…. When looking for images for Black and White Photography view your subject matter through the lense of value and contrast.  Ask yourself what this image would look like without color?  How...