Eames Cards: Art

The overall theme that I’m going to do for my eames cards is art.  I plan on taking my own pictures, but since I don’t have any right now, I used examples from the internet. 

I’m planning on doing:

Paint… acrylic vs oil paint


Sculpture…3D vs emboss



Drawing…graphite vs charcoal



Clay…ceramics vs sculpey



Pastel…soft vs oil



“Who the #$&% is Jackson Pollock?”

This week, in my Visual Literacy class, we watched the documentary “Who the #$&% is Jackson Pollock?”  It is based around the story of the truck driver, Teri Horton, and what is believed to be a Pollock painting.  Long story short, Teri walked into a thrift shop and saw the painting, pictured above, bought it for $5 and found out that it could potentially be a Jackson Pollock painting.  Teri, having no clue who Pollock was, found out that he’s kind of a big deal in the art world, seeing as her $5 painting could turn into $50 million unbeknownst to her.  Unfortunately she has struggled with the art world on her quest to prove that her painting is a Jackson Pollock.
I found this documentary to be interesting.  This film not only taught me who the #$&% Jackson Pollock was, but it also gave me some insight on the art world.   I feel that Teri has devoted so much of her time to this piece of art, but no matter how hard she’s tried, she just can’t catch a break.  She has supporters and matching finger prints linked to her painting, but even that is not enough to prove authenticity.  It showed me how strange and “stuck in their ways” the art world can be.  Even though Teri can be stubborn and her efforst seem pointless, you have to give her some respect for her courage and persistence to carry on and take on the art world, even though they continue to find reasons why her “Pollock” painting cannot be accepted into their fine world of art.  Overall, after watching this documentary and seeing what kind of person Pollock was and all of the evidence linked to this painting, I would have no problem believing that it is a Pollock original.  So, keep on truckin’ Teri!

Abstract Formalism


Abstract Formalism, defined on Wikipedia, is “the concept that a work’s artistic value is entirely determined by its form.”  To understand formalism, you have to know what form is.  Form is the shape of something, and the visual aspects that come together to make that shape.  Formalism is based off the usage of colors, lines, shapes, textures, etc.  Wiki says that everything you need to know about an abstract formalism is all in the painting itself: the reasoning for creating it, the history behind it, the meaning of it, etc.  Formalism is a way to understand art.


Abstract formalism is a style.  Style can be defined in two ways: technique and artistic movement.  Technique is taking in the overall look of the design and seeing how the different techniques were applie to the design.  Artistic movement is when you refer the design to a historical period such as deco.  When using style to create context, you have to think of what type of “theme” you want.  An example of this would be a website; are you aiming for a more business like approach or a high tech audience?



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Color Schemes

In my visual literacy class, we were sent out on a scavenger hunt to find color schemes around town.  As you can see below, there is a color wheel, and from that you can make analogous, alternate analogous, triads, split compliment, and monochromatic color schemes.  On one side of the color scheme you have cool colors: greens, blues, and violets.  On the other side is all the warm colors: reds, oranges, and yellows.

Color Wheel




Red, Blue, Yellow

Split Compliment


Yellow, Blue Violet, Violet Red



Yellow, Orange Yellow, Orange

Alternate Analogous

Image Yellow, Green, Blue

Image Red, Orange, Yellow



Purple, Purple, Purple



Blue, Blue, Blue



Cool Colors


Blues, Greens

Warm Colors

Reds, Oranges, Yellows

Chapter 5 & 6 Review Questions

Chapter 5

1. Shape can be thought of as a combination of what two design elements?

-A shape is made of line/lines and the area enclosed by the line/lines.

2.  What is the term for the shape of a three-dimensional object


Chapter 6

1.  What is value as it applies to design?

-Value is thought of as the mixture of light and dark areas in a design.

2.  How does color affect value?

-The values of a color on an image is the same as value with black and white.  If the color is blue, then there will be values from pale blue to dark blue.


Chapter 4 Review Questions

1.  What is a contour drawing?

-A contour drawing consists of line that outline the object.

2.  How does variation of line thickness affect a drawing?

 -A variation of line thickness gives the illusion of volume.  A thick, or heavy, line appears to be more close               than a thin line.

3.  What are the three types of lines in regard to composition?

  1. Actual Line – an actual line is like it sounds; it’s like your usual lines that are right in front of you, and you don’t have to search for it.
  2. Implied Line – an implied line would be like a row of cars, even though it’s not a connected line, your eye still follows the row of cars like a line.
  3. Imaginary Line – an example of this would be an arrow.  The arrow points in a direction but there’s not a line following it; your eye just naturally follows the imaginary line created by the arrow.

4.  What is hatching?

-Hatching is a drawing technique made of lines that usually cross like a chain link fence.  Depending on how close or far apart the lines are depends on the effect you get.  For a deep, dark look, you would make your lines closer together, and for a light look they would be more spaced out.

5.  How can pixilation affect a curved line displayed on a monitor?

-Pixilation can make curved lines appear jagged.