Site Map
The three components of great art (technique, a universal message, and good design); the scientific underpinning of design concepts; design elements and principles; site navigation options; author's note.
Picture formats (rectangular, square, round, oval, composite and other formats); horizontal vs. vertical orientation; width-to-height ratio; axes of symmetry; vignetting.
Design Elements
Shape
Shape vs. form; types of shapes (rectilinear, curvilinear, geometric, organic/biomorphic); tessellations; positive vs. negative shapes; the figure-ground principle of Gestalt psychology.
Ink and wash notan vs. Arthur Wesley Dow's notan; value structure; patterns made by light and dark shapes vs. patterns made by illumination and shadow; Dow's view of realism; "Japanism" and its effect on Western artists; notan and Zen Buddhism.
Types of edges (butt, digitate, transitional, diffuse); sfumato; lost-and-found edge; Gestalt psychology's law of closure.
Exercises and practical information for artist. Topics include positive and negative shapes; negative shape painting; shape and value structure; Dow's notan-structure; the thumbnail sketch; and light, shadow and shape.

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Design Principles
Balance
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Contrast
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Emphasis
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Repetition
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Movement
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