I still remember being a kid and spending hot summer days at my Grandma’s non air-conditioned house sketching away. Drawing cars that looked like houses and horses that looked like aliens. I was just stoked to have a pencil and paper. She was a pastel artist and specialized in landscapes and portraits. I learned a lot from her. I learned how to use my “artistic license”, how to spray a pastel painting with fixatif so the chalk didn’t end up on your hands, your parents furniture, your cat etc. How there was never any TRUE black in a painting because subtle dark colors gave the piece so much more life, and to always treat compositions as if your eye was walking around the page. Hmm. For some reason this last tip always has stuck with me as one of my most important criteria for creating art.
**Doesn’t it seem like art and design is full of a lot of rules? When I was in high school it was the rule of not letting out-of-control classmates trash your art projects. In college, it was a collection of principles that form almost everything I know about design now: complimentary colors, spatial tension, the delicate balance of positive and negative space, (and NOT farting in confined spaces like the computer lab). It’s important to know the rules, that way you know which ones to follow, which ones to bend and which ones to break effectively.
Well boys and girls, let’s take a look at a practical example. We will use the Kipahulu Bamboo Forest Print… [+]