Monday, June 27, 2011

Design Element - Form

Form is structure.  In art and design, form is the illusion of three-dimensional volume or mass seen in two dimensions.  Careful observation of the forms around reveals that, in nature and in man-made objects, many forms can be described as combinations of the basic geometric structures; spheres, cylinders, cones, cubes and pyramids.  Paul Cezanne, the impressionist artist, in his landscapes and still lifes, explored how these basic geometric shapes combined to make more complex shapes.

                There are several methods that can be used to given an illusion of three-dimensional form and some of these are detailed below.  Line, shape, colour, value and texture can all be used to suggest form by the artist on a picture plane, and by the textile designer within fabric.


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