One of my favourite techniques that I love to show in Photoshop is "Replace Color". When I used to teach this I had a wonderful video from Adobe showing the Golden Gate bridge image in Photoshop that had a rust colour. When you went into Replace Color you selected the rust colour and changed it to a nice golden one. You also had a choice to adjust the fuzziness or of amount of rust you selected. Very cool and I have to admit it blew my mind when I first saw it in the early 1990s.
I am excited to say that I have 5 illustrations that have been accepted in the juried art show at the Art Gallery of Lambeth for their 5th annual Summer Sizzler show which runs from June 2nd to June 27, 2015. The opening reception is Sunday June 7th from 1-4pm.
Recently, I have had a conversation with a local business person on what I learned at BealArt as a student called the visual vocabulary also used in "elements of design" and "principles of design". It is how artists and designers describe their work with terms like space, either positive or negative, balance, contrast, proximity, colour, and rhythm/movement and many more.
What I explained is that whether a person is an artist, graphic designer, architect, interior designer, fashion designer and the like, they all use the same vocabulary, just in different forms. Good design is just that, proper use of the visual vocabulary. Then there are the occasional break from the rules that actually work and make people think. You can only break the rules once you know exactly what they are in the first place.
A few months ago I was admiring a piece of artwork at the Arts Centre at Westmount Shopping Centre. The gentleman beside me who was also looking at the same painting commented, "you know when you look at a piece of art and know it is good but you can't explain why?". I looked at him and started to use the visual vocabulary including composition, contract, linework and colour to explain why it was a wonderful composition. Of course there are tangible reasons why art works well visually.
The visual vocabulary is a starting point to many aspects on how artists and designers express their ideas. Whether you are an artist or want to understand how various elements work together, it is a language worth investigating.
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