by Barbara Gabogrecan
When wanting to learn how to paint, most folk merely pick the gear they require and take part in some training or read a book which describes the way to execute the craft e.g. silk painting. If you are simply experimenting by producing a test sample, this is fine; however, it is important to have quality artwork design if you want your finished product to truly look great.
To produce artwork design you do have to be able to draw and therefore many beginners neglect this step. Unfortunately it is difficult to discover just how to draw and create a design from your efforts; however, there is now such a course available for the artist who wants to improve their drawing skills.. To study art drawing and design can take a considerable length of time and it is nearly impossible to find a good virtual class that can do this.
Silk painting products are often lacking in good artwork design and tend to depend rather on the lovely effects that they can achieve with colour alone. In these designs there are two choices available – one has the artwork design and the other simply has the effects of the dye on silk (which is the background for the artwork designs.
When the silk painting merely depends on colour, one has to question if it is really a work of art or simply a craft. Without artwork design it is very difficult to demonstrate the artist’s creative expression and therefore it is more likely to be deemed a craft than a work of art. When artists simply depend on the accidental results of the dye effect, it is hard to justify that there is a creative intention by the artist.
I believe this provocative statement is usually true, especially in silk painting where so much of the effect depends on the accidental flow of the dyes. The flow of colour is very pleasing and creates a wonderful effect, but without artwork design as its underlying strength, it is difficult to think of the results as a work of art. To sell silk painting product, it is essential to create your own ‘signature’ so that your work is recognised as being uniquely yours; you can hardly do this if strong artwork design is not evident.
To truly demonstrate the creative spirit of the artist and ensure appreciation by the public, the artist must develop strong artwork design, then accidental use of the medium can be successfully utilised. However this technique does not often allow the artist to develop the flair and competency that is requires to make sales.
Artists must take into account the importance of the elements of design when producing their works of art. Line, colour, texture, tone, shape and direction make up the main elements of design. The individual style of artists will ensure that one or more of these elements are emphasised.
This video emphasises the importance of developing strong artwork design by using skilled drawing and by being aware of the positive and negative space in the overall design.