Thursday, July 8, 2010

Rectilinear Volumes, part 3

The following notes are from a book called
Elements of Design: Rowena Reed Kostellow and the Structure of Visual Relationships. I have copied some pages purely for educational purposes.


In Summary ........

The challenge here is to create unity from forms as essentially different in character as possible. Start by designing the dominant, then the sub dominant. Spend a little time on this relationship. Quickly complete the sub dominant element, and arrange in as three dimensional grouping as possible. This will give you a sense of the overall configuration. then you can begin to refine. Emphasize either the vertical or horizontal proportion in each sketch. All joining should be established. the design should look interesting and three dimensional from every position. It should achieve an effect of unity in which every part relates to every other part, and every design relationship contributes to the whole.

Unity is the visual glue that holds everything together. you know that you have achieved it when all the visual relationships within the design are organized in such an exquisite dependent relationship that every element supports and strengthens every other form and any minor change would upset the perfect balance and tension.

Take your best sketch and develop it in plaster. You may want to make your plaster sketch larger than your clay piece-perhaps one and a half or two times larger. Differences in proportion will become more apparent as you enlarge the design.

Enlarging isn't simply a matter of copying it requires you to pay attention to subtle changes in order to achieve a harmonious whole.

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