The subject of image 1 -, is the layout of the environment al scenery and its immediate features. Principles of a good design are the devices that artists or rather designers use in developing an efficient composition/design. The principles used herein includes but not limited to; equilibrium, movement, recurrence, accent, simplicity, distinction, proportion, space and finally unity. At particular times, a design may either be said to be weak or even strong. This is dependent based on the artist’s expertise on the principles of design and the how best he/she applies the skills. From the above image, the artist has immensely applied the principles of design in presenting the image. The principles of design have been arranged in such a way that, the elements of artistic work, have managed to bring out distinct components into one area and display them in such a manner that they exhibit a composition which is both integrated and pleasing to the eyes. In artwork when the elements of design are combined they tend to bring out a composition that appears presentable. Artists are able of manipulating the elements, and integrate them with the principles of design and thus generate a piece of art. However not every artistic work has got all the elements, but it has at least two (Collins 36-55).
Therefore, in image 1, light is one of the elements that the artist has immensely used in presenting the image. In artwork, color is used to refer to particular hues and has three features; Chroma, intensity and value. The black and white color is mostly used to symbolize shades. Value is another element that the artist has used in presenting the image. Value is the extent of the light and dark in design work. It brings a contrast between white and black. The glowing sun is presented using a white color, and I believe the choice of the artist was triggered by the fact that, white objects tends to reflect light, similar to the sun. In contrast to the second image, Line is most prevalent. Line can be described as a spot on a surface that may illustrate a shape or an outline. The wall adjacent to the lady is presented using some thick, horizontal lines (Staniszewski 25-36).
I believe the artists was depicting about the roughness of the wall. Similarly color has been used in bringing out a distinction between various objects. For instance, the lady is clothed in green and black. Most importantly, is the light shadow that appears on the wall. The lady seems to be walking on a pathway which is roofed on the top, and thus the shadow from the roof is reflected on the wall. My choice for these two images is supported by the fact that they share a common feature, that is, choice of color, line and value. Even though, the two images share some common features, the way the features have been used brings out a distinction. For example, from the 1st image, from a distant, the valleys and ranges are represented by wavy-like structure and this helps us to visualize that the artist wanted to symbolize how the mountain ranges or valleys appears in real life. On the other hand, the horizontal lines that appear to have been used in creating the wall may depict roughness/smoothness depending on the texture felt. In the 1st image, I tend to think the artist wanted to convey a message about the beautiful landscape and the reason to conserve it. In the 2nd image, I tend to think the artist was conveying a message about the climatic conditions from where the image was taken. The reason herein being the way the lady is dressed heavily, maybe to protect her from the cold. I am overwhelmed by the two objects, because the message they convey is not very complicated and they are also not very complicated (Elkins 41-71).
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