Exploring space, proportion: Part one.

This afternoon we had a change of pace with our lecture being held in the theatre room. This proved to be useful as the room is dark enough and the screens large enough to view the content on with ease. Paul directed us in a brief discussion on scale and proportion within a given composition.

Space and proportion are important design principles that must be considered in order to create a composition that will be achieve scale and balance in its own unique way. A composition that achieves this will naturally correspond with all of its counterparts in order to make the whole; how does the negative space interact with the positive space? How does this affect the movement and flow of the image? Is it harmonious, how? How does the scale of x draw our attention? And so on…

In this session we were required to explore six examples of work that demonstrate the use of space and proportion for ‘effect, communication or aesthetics’. My images are here below.


Example one above effectively uses scale and proportion to achieve a sense of depth and three-dimensional space to the image. In the foreground, the path is wide; the trees and lamp posts are quite detailed. As we move on into the mid and background, there is a couple, more trees and lights which are much smaller in their scale and less detailed compared to what we see in the foreground. The path becomes narrow, eventually becoming lost in the colours that merge with the foliage.


In this image, I thought that the way in which the peacock has been blown out of proportion was a good example of an aesthetic style at play. The artist has twisted the shape of the bird into a very curved, circular form; the tail is large and brightly coloured. The pattern within the bird is a great use of communication design as it draws the eye around the shape/form of this bird with the tip of the tail indicating to read onwards into the rest of the wall (still unpainted at this stage).


In this image, scale and proportion has been used to communicate the idea of a vast, fantasy world. The figure in the foreground is very small compared to the world around her; she sees a larger castle land in the background. The castle is still small amongst this land of clouds, which communicates just how vast this fantasy world really is. The ideas of having two components (figure and building) draws a relationship between the two; a girl and her destination, a journey.


I wanted to explore more than just paintings, so I looked for some interesting examples of space and proportion in architecture too. In this image, we have what seems to be a long bridge with railings on either side. Large squares frame the structure. In this photographic image, the use of space has been used to draw the eye from the crux of the background ( that hole in the tunnel) outward to the foreground ( or vice versa). The larger proportion and heavy line of the geometric squares, as well as their spiralling positioning, invigorate a sense of movement and chaos – if I were to walk underneath this I would describe it as a kind of vortex. Its bizarre anda that is what draws me to it.


This photograph incorporates the use of negative space to be the predominant aspect of the image. To the left we have a highly contrasted line of dark colour (made by the wharf) which compliments the much lighter and softer grey tones that rest within the negative space, which is drawn out across the rest of this image. It has been used to incapsulate a sense of calamity and peace out on the sea whilst fishing on a fine day.


Lastly, we have this image which has incorporated the use of cleaver deception through the repetition and elimination of various elements/components. I just love how the space of blue colour has been used to be interpreted as a cut out of the bridge. The proportion of the bridge draws in depth as we see it is small and twists away into a deeper background. The clouds and ships do the same thing; they merge into one another and warp in a sense of space and proportion that is moving though time. It depicts the journey of the ship through a landscape (as well as the ship defining that very landscape).

I chose each of these images carefully, I considered what I enjoyed about each one and how their space and proportion aided in my positive response /interest toward them.



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