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January 18, 2018 at 11:15 am #29207New Masters AcademyKeymasterNo badges. No points.
In this video lesson, we are pleased to bring you recordings from an NMA Workshop with Bill Perkins from February 2014. In this workshop, Bill tackles the intimidating and complex subject of building one’s own personal style. In this first part, Bill gives an introduction to understanding style and how we as a society as well as individually develop our own sense of what we find aesthetically appealing. You will learn the importance of understanding various art forms throughout history, and how to create visual connotation with your work to create a story. This lesson will conclude with an assignment to help you practice the concepts you have learned so far. Stay tuned for the release of the remaining parts of this workshop!
October 12, 2019 at 3:18 am #285344bartParticipantNo badges. No points.
- General’s Charcoal Pencil
- CarbOthello Pencil – Black
- Letraset Marker Paper
are there more parts coming? I see this was a year ago the last message was posted. Also, I should be able to download a file, but there is no ‘resource’ tab or anyplace I can download the needed imagery for the exercises.
Thanks in advance for the reply, BartMay 17, 2020 at 12:17 pm #532822ManuelFernandezParticipant
**Building Your Personal Style | Part 1 w/ Bill Perkins**
**Intro to Visual Literacy**
Flat mass/ shape
Forms/rendering of light vs shadown
Line / texture
Visual arts should be treated as just another language – I see Math the same way – and it is used to communicate, feelings, and ideas like a written language with its own set of components and their relationships. So we gotta think of grammar in art? You don’t often put verbs before subjects or breaks too frequently, so think about that when you draw.
As society has advanced, our modes of communication have accelerated. Along with new artistic directions and different methods. However, the principles have not changed.
With this information overload we gotta become more visually literate so we can communicate clearly and understand things.
recommendation: 1941 Maitland Graves “the Art of Color and Design” – he lists the elements of design, line, value, shape, proportion, color, direction, and texture.
Bruce Block presented and wrote a book called **The Visual Story** (1988?) – he talks about line, tone, color, shape, space, rhythm, and movement.
**A Primer to Visual Literacy** (1973)
Visual elements are not the same as the medium. We are looking at dot, line, shape, direction, tone, color, texture, dimension, scale, and movement.
* The visual matrix
* Primaries of Design
* The Line, Mass, Form principles
* Visual components
* Line, tone, color, shape, space, rhythm, transitions
* Methods of Measure
* Major Key-proportion
* Minor Key-range of contrast
So part of the initial presentation is coming to the same words and understanding their definition.
For example in the subject of color, people might use the words
**hue :: chroma :: color**;
**value :: tone :: light**;
**saturation :: brightness :: brilliance**.
So we want to define our terms and create our own terminology of common ground. Funny enough we have the same dilemma or challenge in the Instructional Design or in socialist theory! Words have meaning!
This isn’t a how to make images but studying the components of image making!May 17, 2020 at 12:17 pm #532823ManuelFernandezParticipant
**Building Your Personal Style | Part 1 w/ Bill Perkings, Ch 3.**
Since kindergarden we are being asked to recognize patterns.
This exercise was meant to look for similar shapes and different. Repeating patterns. It is the basis for a lot of concepts.
Learning to read, we escalate to other symbols – A B C D E…
Learning numbers, we look at 1 2 3 4 5…
We are building a vocabulary of symbols. Which are letters which are numbers. Next we learn about order.
Order/Value what is something compared to something else.
3 < 8 (the < becomes a symbol of “less than”) 5 > 2
This is the essence not just for reading, and math; but also for image making. Art however has its own language, characteristics and dynamics. A lot of artists have devoted time to breaking things down into harmonous basic principles like pre-mixed colors.
The important thing to keep in mind: visual language components do not have a predetermined *meaning* until you put other things next to it. A line is a line until you have a line and a curve.
Looking for patterns helps us finds rhythms and patterns into our images.
Identifying symbols to add to our visual library and create connections and connotations.
Value, creating dominance or subordination in our image making by making one thing bigger in relations to another.
**Note break: following along with instructor**
!(https://i.imgur.com/csUnEyI.png)August 25, 2020 at 3:36 am #686904Cuong phoParticipantNo badges. No points.
Hello could we have the correction of the assigment please ?
At the end of the lesson.December 2, 2020 at 9:07 pm #978697Babita SaxenaParticipant
I am unable to find the downloadable image he wants us to draw. Help please?December 9, 2020 at 10:26 am #998065Daniel DaigleParticipantNo badges. No points.
Hi Babita, The image is in the references tab underneath the video 🙂October 3, 2021 at 8:40 am #1810888Hanan YoussefParticipantNo badges. No points.
The minute I overthink notan and chiarascuro I don’t understand again
July 11, 2022 at 7:51 pm #2536737EthelParticipantNo badges. No points.
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It would be great to be able to see the assignment completed correctly so we can compare our own & see what we may have done wrong.
Do the instructors participate in these discussions?
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