A shape is a larger group than a line. A shape may be
expressed or implied.
- In visual art, a shape may be 1-dimensional (a line),
2-dimensional (a shape), or 3-dimensional (a form).
A shape (2D) is defined by three points and has height and width. It
can be geometric or organic. It can be flat or curve up, but it has
no depth. We view the world as shapes even though it is made up of forms.
Drawings, paintings (unless the paints put on pretty thick), and computer
graphics are merely shapes that trick the eye into thinking they are
forms with actual depth. Positive shapes are the dominant shapes, the
identifiable "things" in a work. Negative shapes are the shapes
created in the space not occupied by positive shapes.
- In audible art, a shape is the overall pattern and movement
of the sound.
- In written art, a shape is the collection of the works elements
and their relation to one another.
Four or more points define a form, the subject of our next lesson.
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Elements of Art
Principles of Design
Essential Reading & Online Resources
Web Design & Development
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