Artwork by Monica Gunderson

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Elements of Art

March 21, 2016 at 8:54 PM

sugar skull cat day of the dead ink pen drawing

Sugar Skull Kitty - Day of the Dead © 2015 Monica Gunderson - All Rights Reserved; Unauthorized Reproduction Prohibited

Fine Art Basics: The Elements of Art

The elements of art are considered as building blocks used to create artwork. Each of these elements or component parts can be used together to create a work of art. In fact, one would not be able to create art without using one of the seven art elements; without it there would simply be no art. In understanding of the basic elements, an artist is able to convey their message, imagery, thoughts, and/or feelings within the completed work of art.  Different elements can show array of qualities such as harmony and contrast, movement and rhythm, growth and structure, space and depth, noise and calm, along with various other emotions which create great art.    


The Seven Elements of Art

hippocampus mythology ink pen drawing  flying hummingbird ink pen drawing
The curved lines and swirls in these images are examples of contour lines.

sugar skull day of the dead ink pen drawing

The rays behind the sugar skull are an example of diagonal lines.

sunset acrylic painting

The line in the background or 'horizon line' is an example of horizontal line.

Baba-Yaga ink pen drawing

The trees depicted in this artwork are an example of vertical lines.

San Francisco city skyline ink pen drawing
Example of horizontal and vertical lines used together.

pit bull ink pen drawing gecko ink pen drawing

Examples of thick and thin lines, notice the difference in thickness of line between these two images.

owl sitting in the moonlight ink pen drawing

Example of shape. Enclosed space in this drawing includes the owl and moon.

Eiffel Tower ink pen drawing
There are many geometric shapes in this drawing. Can you see them?
sky with birds flying acrylic painting

The clouds in this painting are a prime example of organic shape.

Pointillism - Pen and Ink Drawing Technique
Example of form.

Tuscan mural Trompe l'oeil

This is an example of illusionary form. See how the bricks look like they are a real window frame, and the mountains and hills recede in the background.

March Hare and Mad Hatter plaster masks
These masks are examples of real form.

sugar skull couple day of the dead ink pen drawing
Example of Space. 

Sunset at Sutro Baths San Francisco California ink pen drawing
Example of positive and negative space.

ink pen drawing of a Sunrise at Moloa'a Bay, Kauai
Example of atmospheric perspective.

purple weedy seadragon acrylic painting
Example of overlapping.

Apocalypse, and acrylic painting

An example of linear perspective.

San Francisco California owls ink pen drawing
Example of placement, the owl family is close while the city skyline is further away.

Yosemite National Park Sunset ink pen drawing
Example of Color
crow standing on top of a skull ink pen drawing

An example of Value.

tide pool acrylic painting
Example of implied texture.

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Monica Gunderson Fine Artist

Modesto CA