Design Element 1: Color
Color, Hues, and Values
Example 1 (Last Supper) Leonard di Vinci
In Leonardo Davinci’s Last Supper, his painting has a high contrast of colors. There is a balance of dark and light hues of the color to give a balance of suggestion of optimism and hopelessness. Perhaps, the dark colors foreshadow the death of Jesus. I believe the bright colors are coming from the light on the clothes, table, and ceiling shows a resemblance of hope. A sense of realism depicts the different values and hues of color.
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Example 2 (Water Lilies) Claude Monet
The majority of the picture uses analogous colors in this painting by Claude Monet. The water has different shades of blue-purple, purple, and blue. Having those combinations of colors brings unity to the overall composition. Usually, the analogous colors of the water resemble tranquility and peacefulness. The different shades of blue also enhance the suggestion movement of the water with the water lilies.
Design Element 2: Line
Example: Edvard Munch The Scream
Straight Lines on the bridge create a focal point to illustrate a one-point perspective path. The straight lines that form the bridge establish unity within the composition. With the variation of consecutive lines converging at the focal point, it also creates the solid form of the bridge. Asymmetrically, the orange wavy lines create an aerial perspective of the sky. As well as the dark curved edges, it defines the water as a dark, gloomy environment. An asymmetrical contrast or warm, neutral, and cool colors may suggest many challenging obstacles of Munch’s own life.
Design Element 3: Form
Example: Michelangelo The Creation of Adam
Michelangelo’s The Creation of Adam focuses on the realistic human body form. Each human body part of man has been drawn correctly based on the human anatomy form. A sense of foreshortening adds a practical touch of movement based on the structure of the human body. The shape of the human body has been created by various brush strokes, which create a sense of realism based on the human body proportions. The Creation of Adam depicts how Michelangelo interpreted the form of humankind from the Book of Genesis in the old testament of the Bible.