Point, Line, Plane: Julia Midkiff

A vast majority of media, whether it is a photograph, poster, or logo, can be reduced to points, lines, and planes at their most basic form. Some are more complex than others and there are times were it is hard to distinctly recognize these basic elements, but they are often present as long as some sort of subject is present in a piece of artwork or image. The following images explicitly show three instances of these elements.

This example most emphasizes point, where the ball is a main point where your eye is drawn to and the water droplets can be seen as smaller points that create line. Found online at https://i.redd.it/c3z3ug1rm6zz.jpg

In the example on the left, we see a tennis ball flying through the air with droplets of water spewing off of it’s surface as it spins. This is a prime example of point, as the color and placement of the ball is small in comparison to the whole composition but it immediately draws your eye to that exact spot. As the droplets of water are flung off, it almost seems to create a series of tiny points which, by definition, then create a sense of many spiraling lines around the ball and in the rest of the composition.

The natural lines in the tree stump help orient the eye towards the center of the image, and the area where the lines meet can be seen as a point. Found online at http://www.qualitytreemi.com/index/wp-content/uploads/2012/06/Stump.jpg

In this next image, we see a top view of a sliced tree stump that seems to be aged and therefore cracked in the middle. This creates a series of literal lines that radiate from the center of the stump. These lines are thin, therefore serve as almost pointers to where the viewer should look. This leads our eyes to go directly to the center to the stump where the lines proceed to meet in the middle. The area where they all meet could then possible be viewed as a point.

Lastly, the image at the bottom features a variety of different sized stone slabs laid out on the ground in a random pattern. These stones, are large and flat in appearance, therefore can be viewed as planes. This is mainly due to the fact that the image is zoomed in to the point where the stones seem much larger, but perhaps if the camera was much further away and the stones were arranged in a less scattered pattern, their smaller scale would lead them to seem more like points or even as a line if arranged in some sort of lined pattern. Nonetheless, the close-up nature results in large areas of mostly solid color that create a variety of planes and a sense of flatness due to the nature of their placement on the ground.

The surfaces of the stones laid across the ground create repeating planes that create a scattered pattern but uniform color as the planes of stones make up a large portion of the image. Found online at http://www.dsource.in/sites/default/files/course/elements-2-dimensional-design/shape-plane/minigallery/2392/shape-plane-1.jpg

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