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How To Draw The Female Torso
Line: an actual or implied mark, path, mass, or edge, where length is dominant.
Form: the volume and shape of a three-dimensional work, perhaps including unfilled
areas that are integral to the work as a whole.
Lecture & Vocabulary
Principles Of Art Design
Emphasis: is also referred to as point of focus, or interruption. It marks the locations in a composition
which most strongly draw the viewers attention. Usually there is a primary, or main, point of
emphasis, with perhaps secondary emphases in other parts of the composition.
The artist or designer uses emphasis to call attention to something, or to vary the composition in order
to hold the viewers interest by providing visual "surprises."
Contrast: is the juxtaposition of opposing elements eg. opposite colors on the color wheel - red / green, blue / orange etc. Contrast in tone or value - light / dark. Contrast in direction - horizontal / vertical.
The major contrast in a painting should be located at the center of interest. Too much contrast
scattered throughout a painting can destroy unity and make a work difficult to look at. Unless a
feeling of chaos and confusion are what you are seeking, it is a good idea to carefully consider
where to place your areas of maximum contrast.