Principles of Design

Balance is a visual distribution of weight in an artwork, it allows the image to be balanced, it can either be symmetrical or asymmetrical.

Balance is a visual distribution of weight in an artwork, it allows the image to be balanced, it can either be symmetrical or asymmetrical. In this picture the swans are symmetrical and equal on both sides.

Visual movement is used  to let things flow, and direct the vier on the artwork. The movement can be directed through lines, edges, etc.
Visual movement is used to let things flow, and direct the viewer on the artwork. The movement can be directed through lines, edges, etc. In this picture the hair on the shadow show how it flows using wavy lines and vibrant colours.

Rhythm is the repetition of visual movement/colours/lines,etc. To avoid monotony, you need to have a variety to keep the rhythm active. Movement and rhythm work together to create the visual of a musical beat.

Rhythm is the repetition of visual movement/colours/lines,etc. To avoid monotony, you need to have a variety to keep the rhythm active. Movement and rhythm work together to create the visual of a musical beat. In this picture the sand is repeating a constant wave.

 Contrast refers to difference in dark and light and other elements.

Contrast refers to difference in dark and light and other elements. In this picture the dark and light represent the difference between them both.

Emphasis is used by artists to create dominance and focus in their work. They can use shape colours, various contrasts etc to emphasis the object.

Emphasis is used by artists to create dominance and focus in their work. They can use shape colours, various contrasts etc to emphasis the object.

Pattern uses the elements in planned or random repletions to enhance surfaces.

Pattern uses the elements in planned or random repletion to enhance surfaces. The picture displays a pattern that is constant.

Unity represents everything all in one photo that would flow well together. This painting represents how the lines flow well together and the colours stay together and suit well together
Unity represents everything all in one photo that would flow well together. This painting represents how the lines flow well together and the colours stay together and suit well together

 

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