ART PROPORTIONS PRINCIPLES & ELEMENTS IN DESIGN COMPOSITION : Use Proportions of Relative Elements to Create Interest in Drawings
Double Blast Of Art 101 – Proportion and Emphasis
The “golden ratio” has fascinated artists and mathematicians for over 2000 years. It’s a mathematical formula observed in nature and used by artists, architects, designers, and even musicians in countless ways.
The ancient Greek civilization studied shapes, patterns, and proportions that existed in the natural world around them and found that, from among them all, that the "Golden Proportion" was the most simple, beautiful, and perplexing of all. Found naturally in plant and animal form it led the Greeks to theorize that the same natural beauty existant in nature should be utilized in manmade creations (art, architecture, music, etc.) if they, too, were to be thought of as beautiful.
Loud and soft, dark and light, big and small. Each is a relative measurement of some quality on some scale. Day doesn’t exist without night and up doesn’t exist without down. Each exists in contrast to the other and contrast occurs on a scale.
Have you ever wondered why a profound piece of art is so compositionally pleasing? The artist probably employed the use of the Divine Proportion, which is a phenomenon that suggests that there’s a mathematical equation that’s consistent with the aesthetics of good composition. Let’s examine a brief history of the Divine Proportion and its use over the centuries.
When the principle of proportion is applied to a work of art it is usually in the relationship of size. That is, the size of one element of the composition as compared to the size of another related element.
Proportion is one of the principles of design. This principle works in tandem with the others, creating overall balance and harmony. Some artists and designers have an instinctive ability to combine different proportions which create harmony in their art work.
Proportion is the relation between elements and a whole. Proportion refers to the relative size and scale of the various elements in a design. The issue is the relationship between objects, or parts, of a whole. This means that it is necessary to discuss proportion in terms of the context or standard used to determine proportions.
Before we begin here is a quick overview of what has been covered in this series and what we will be covering in the coming weeks so that you may reference any previous post.
Elements of Design : Proportion - Welcome to the first installment of Elements of Design! I’ve decided to write up a whole series of articles for on-page optimization for both Search Engine Crawlers and your loyal readers.
Elements of Design: Contrast and Proportion - Contrast is the single most important general concept of all design. As John Lovett notes in his discussion of web-design: "Contrast is the juxtaposition of opposing elements (i.e. opposite colors on the color wheel - red/green, blue/orange etc) or contrast in tone or value (light/dark, horizontal/vertical). Like the major contrast in a painting, contrast in web design should be located at the center of interest.
Layout Composition: Proportion and Consistency - Designers can often make judgments about layout composition by instinct—it’s a by-product of constantly thinking in visual terms. Occasionally though, some projects leave you stumped for a solution; no matter how hard you try to fit the elements onto the page, they just don’t look or feel right. In these situations it can be helpful to return to basics, and see which one produces the best solution to the problem.
Principles of Design : Proportion - This is the third in a series of articles about the principles of design. I am trying to explain the principles by writing about floral design because floral design is less complex than garden design.