The elements that are used in this design are value, color, shapes and repetition. The entire picture plane is utilized and activated. Strategies such as overlapping circles and changing the colors when they clash are used to create interesting negative shapes. Some are concave and some are convex. The composition is asymmetrically balanced. Visual weight is distributed at the bottom like a natural law carrying your eyes towards the top. Elements that create a visual flow in this piece are repetition of shape, color and value. The primal focal point of the image is on the right where there is a dark pink shape. I believe this image adheres to the rule of thirds because there’s something happening in all the power points. The painting creates and illusion of space through overlapping, scale, value, and perspective. The colors I used were mostly added with white. I only use darker values to show some contrast within the piece. It has an overall cool temperature. Complimentary colors were also used when mixing paint and as a compositional tool.

The concept of my design was to portray the adjective delicate. The strategies that I had to use for this concept were circles and repetition. When I think of something delicate, I personally think of babies. When I think of babies I think of soft pastel colors. This was the process of my thinking of conveying this painting.

The successful aspects of my design would be the placement of the circles throughout the plane and the colors I used. The unsuccessful aspects of my design would be my brushstrokes and use of water and gouache. However, I do believe the design demonstrates an understanding of the principles of organization. It applies basic elements to establish a focal point and visual flow. My design also demonstrates understanding and ability to apply basic concepts of color theory. I had complimentary colors, analogous colors, primary colors, etc. There isn’t as much attention to detail and craftsmanship as I would like but I hope it conveys my intended meaning of delicate to other viewers.


8. Color Schemes


For the monochromatic color scheme I used Purple. My monochromatic painting utilizes value as a compositional tool. The darker values contrast against the lighter ones creating focal points and visual flow. For the analogous color scheme I used blue, blue-green, green. It utilizes color as a com positional tool because the darker values are evenly spread throughout the work. I created different tints and shades of blue and green.  For the complementary color scheme I used red and green. I wasn’t too proud about how it turned out because of personal taste. Red and green isn’t as attractive to my eye but I managed to create different reds and greens with black and white.

7. Value Self-Portrait



This portrait occupies the whole area of the composition. There are 9 different value scales present. It is pretty broad. I believe it does break each value into a flat plane. The grid helped me locate the correct placement for all shapes and values in my facial proportions. I succeeded in avoiding to outline my facial features. I was able to see different organic shapes in my face. This final design has been executed in a professional manner. I utilized the materials with care, effort and attention to detail

5. Directional Dominance


This design includes a primary focal point. It is located slightly above the center of the composition. According to the Rule of Thirds, this design does not touch on the power points. I do believe a visual flow has been established that activates the entire picture plane. Elements like repetition, line proximity and variation of line are used. Directional dominance has been established. It is going around in a sort of spiral. There is directional conflict and it stems out of the middle going straight up. This design doesn’t include a full value range but there is dimension. The stippling and closeness of the dots, as well as lines give the composition some depth.