Have you ever created a piece of art thinking it looked ok, then received a critique or looked at the artwork later and thought "What was I thinking? How could I miss a key artistic element like that?"
When a friend isn't available to give you some friendly advice, I find it helpful to go through a checklist to make sure I didn't miss something as simple as correcting the white balance.
- Creative - Unique - Detailed - Interesting - Character - Original - Storytelling
- Light - Lighting - Reflections - Transparency - Depth - Shadows - Color Temperature
- Contrast - Squint Test - Back Up - Zoom In
- Color - Variance - Monochromatic - Hue - Saturation - Balance - Complementary - Texture - White Balance - Grading
- Details - Neat - Solid - Careful - Consistent - Scale - Accuracy
- Composition - Blank Space - Negative Space - Viewpoint - Juxtaposition - Bull's Eye Effect - Emphasis - Perspective (Up High & Down Low) - Framing
- Background - Context - Understandable - Separation
- Focus - Sharpness - Realism - Depth of Field
- Movement - Motion - Blur - Action
- Expression - Simile - Morph - Familiarity in Unfamiliarity
- Abstract - Combine Elements
- Repetition - Patterns
What does each word mean in this list? Well, if I told you, that would ruin the whole point of your artwork. This is simply a list of words to help you think through what you may have missed.
A great supplement is an elements and principles of art list, found in any introduction to art book.
You may have noticed a bit of crossover between this list and my checklist.
Posted on: October 30, 2015