2D Project 1, Lines (2)

After my exploration, I realized that my idea is not strong enough as most of the work lacks the foundation of art and seems like the work of someone who just want to complete the work, therefore I re-did my research from the basis of design – The Design Element and The Principles of Design. I think that the foundation of design is important, so rather than just doing a project, I hope I could learn to apply the Design Elements and Principles not by chance but by consciously applying it. ( Those works in the previous pictures in which I circled and wrote with red text are those which was done after the further research )

Researches, Inspirations
Researches, Inspirations

This is also the reasons of final choice, I think all my finals I do should have a reason and basic design element/principle to execute it. The following is my 4 steps which leads to my final work.


  1. Study and understand the design element and principles again and choose what could be applied in this project. ( I found a few principles and elements which are not taught in class, it made sense so I am using it too)

Principles of Design
Symmetry – brings visual stability , sense of structured, pleasing to the eye and more organised.
Asymmetry – could be an informal visual balance, could balance the visual weight by putting the heavier weighted ( bigger or darker ) nearer to the fulcrum (center) and balanced by a lighter (smaller or lighter) further away from the fulcrum(center)

The tone from light to dark, can add interest and movement, cause eye to move along the shape from dark to light.

Repetition with variation is interesting while without is monotonous.

The relative difference between 2 tone, too much contrast will distract viewer yet too little will have no impact.

Combining of similar and related elements, create a visually satisfying result

Gives painting interest, Counteract confusion/monotony and could gives emphasis

lead viewer sight, gives importance in order.

Using Relative size to attract attention/focus. Scale could show drama

Elements of Design
Surface characteristic, could also be flat and bring texture by using illusion of painting

Horizontal – Calmness, Stability, Tranquility
Vertical – Balance, Formality, Alertness.
Diagonal – Movement, Action, active

The area occupied by one shape relative to the other

Overlap – To make object nearer/further
Shading/Highlight – Clearer lines are nearer, Duller are further
Linear Perspective – Smaller object are smaller


2 . Research the ways that people express themselves through art, (Mainly – what is said by the lecturer in art history lesson)

Art Nouveau
Curves are natural, feminine, passive

Art Medium
Brush stroke
Squeeze straight from tubes
Type of paints
Using Finger
Using of unconventional tools/mediums like glue, cutting of paper, punching holes

Types of Lines
Implied lines
Zigzagged lines
Freehand lines
Dotted lines
Horizontal/Vertical/Diagonal lines

Art in Process

Methods to execute the art.
The Story in making the art is an art itself.


3. Research the 18 words given again, understand how it is being carried out and how do I want to execute my idea/meaning of that word on paper
Perspective of words
Aggressive – Fast, Impact, High contrast
Anxious – Anxiousness is built up overtime
Awkward – Does not fit in, sudden corners in curve lines
Distracted – Shift of focus on mundane/monotonous work to fun and interesting, then back to the mundane/monotonous work long after it should
Embarrassed – Curve lines, low contrast and indefine lines to show a shy personalities
Exhausted – getting lesser, leads to giving up, using of a pen that is low in ink
Indecisive – hesitate, incompleted.
Psychotic – Unstable, using of negative space, using of ways which final result could not be predicted.
Sloven – Fast scribble, crushed paper, marks of ink leaked from the paper above, untidy.
Ambiguous – half full, heavier on top, question about the execution
Bizarre – the Unexplained, unorthodox
Fragile – i want it to be straight forward, the weakest/most fragile part of a paper is the torn part.
Lyrical – passive, curves, high and lows, 5 lines to represent staffs(lines) on music sheets, instrument which plays music
Nonsensical – Does not have a meaning, like a hotdog, a SUPPPPEEERRRRRR LONNNNGGGGG HOTDOG!
Sensual – Curvy, Ribbons, using space by light and dark tone, contrast, whiplash
Spontaneous – random stroke, unplanned, do what i want to do when i am doing the final.
Systematic – Plotted, measure everything, this needs to be perfect, no stroke overshot, every thing intended.
Turbulent – messy, wind could not be seen nomatter how strong it is, leaves could easily represent wind strength, negative spaces could form tornado like lines.


4. Choose what I want to use on step 1, 2 and 3 for every word and use it to build my final idea for every words.

*Word –  Element, Principles , How it is being expressed*

Aggressive – Texture, Dominance, The method in executing the art.
Anxious – Size, Gradation, Perspective of words.
Awkward – Space, Asymmetry, Perspective of words.
Distracted – Size, Proportion and Asymmetry and Repetition, Perspective of words.
Embarrassed – Space, Contrast and Gradation, Whiplash Curves.
Exhausted – Size, Gradation, Type of lines – freehand lines.
Indecisive – Direction, Contrast, Type of lines – Freehand lines.
Psychotic – Texture and size, Contrast and Balance, Method in Executing the art.
Sloven – Texture, Contrast and Dominance, Type of lines – Freehand lines.
Ambiguous – Texture, Contrast and Repetition and Balance, Type of paint and squeezing straight from tube.
Bizarre – Texture, – , unconventional medium – Silicon glue.
Fragile – Direction, Contrast and Dominance, Using unconventional medium – tearing of paper.
Lyrical – Space, Contrast and Asymmetry, Whiplash curves.
Nonsensical – Direction, Gradation and Contrast and Dominance, Type of lines – Implied lines.
Sensual – Space- Shading & highlight, Gradation and Harmony and Asymmetry, Whiplash Curves.
Spontaneous – Texture and Space, Harmony and Proportion, Type of lines – Zigzagged lines.
Systematic – Direction – Diagonal, Repetition and Gradation and symmetry, Perspective of words.
Turbulent – Texture, Contrast and Proportion, unconventional medium – using of glue with marker


Author: Ong Zi Feng

Just doing things, making stuffs.

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