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: Looking to Educate Myself


Lydian8
07-28-2016, 01:28 PM
Hi, I'm kind of late to the party as far as art is concerned. I like working in sculpted jewelry pieces, but I can draw pretty well. I'm looking for names of books that talk about the fundamentals of design (I think) and are accessible to a non-art school person, prefer ably with exercises to practice those concepts. I'm pretty bright, so I can pick up concepts fairly quickly. I'm saying it doesn't have to be written for children, unless there is a great children's book out there. I'm not elitest.

I want to understand what makes one piece of art look better than another peice. I want to understand how a piece flows and how to unify a piece. I want to understand my personal preferences and why I like those. I want to understand what other people like and why it speaks to them. I fully realize that some of this is subjective, but there has to be some fundamentals that underpin most art. So I think I'm talking about design or composition. Please correct me if I'm saying the wrong thing.

If anyone can point me in the right direction, I would appreciate it.

Thanks

kate grant
09-14-2016, 06:54 AM
yes you are talking about composition. there are mathematical elements geometry etc that unify composition and that makes anyones brain 'see' something.I suggest googling 'fibonacci in art' 'golden section in art' 'divine proportion' and also try a couple of excellent books about composition 'the art of perspective' by Phil Metzger and ''The secret code' by Priya Hemenway

Susan Mulno
09-14-2016, 10:44 AM
Welcome to the forum both of you!:vs_wave::vs_wave:

dickhutchings
09-14-2016, 03:27 PM
Fantastic, a new member with real questions that isn't trying to sell us something and another that jumps right in with a useful answer. Welcome welcome.

Mel_Robertson
09-14-2016, 07:07 PM
Hi Lydian welcome! stay on this forum & you'll find your path, I did
reflections x

ArtByCalistaP
09-28-2016, 11:48 PM
Well jewelry design is little different, but I think itīs good that you are interested in getting better at your craft. To my understanding you have a lot of competition in that field. I would suggest you attend a few festivals or try some local gift shows in your area to get more insight on jewelry and see how others are doing it.

PJW
09-29-2016, 12:27 AM
Fantastic, a new member with real questions that isn't trying to sell us something and another that jumps right in with a useful answer. Welcome welcome.

Well that makes me feel good :( Oh well, sorry I didn't ask the right questions or have the answers for that matter. *scuttles back under rock*