Which are the basic questions to well describe an artwork? There are guidelines that can help you fully describe, an artwork you saw for the first time?
Using this exercise here, you can analyze almost any kind of artwork, from basic to a full description.
Thank me later.
What is it? Is it a painting, design, a sculpture or something else? is it more than one thing? What is the function of the item? How is it been made? What has it been made from?Use the following formal elements to describe it:
Line -are the lines in the piece straight or curved?
Value -How much contrast is there between light and dark?
Shape -Is it organic or geometric?
Form -Is is three-dimensional?
Space - How much space does it occupy?
Colour - Is the colour tonal or contrasting?
Texture - What texture does it have?
Pattern - Are elements within the piece repeated in any way?
How have the above elements been used to suggests the following principles in the work?
Who is the artist/designer/maker? Is it like their other work? Was the artist/designer famous when s/he executed it?
Where, when and why was it made?
What was going on in that country at that time?
What are the social/economic influences?
Who paid for/commissioned / will buy the work?
Where is it now? How did it get there?
Do you appreciate what the artist/designer/maker has tried to do? Do you like or dislike the item? Why? What does it make you feel?
What could it link to? Does/could the work influence your practice? How?
To exercise this Half term, Jo & Caroline give us some examples of artworks to describe, using this long guideline list, here are the artworks:
Kimono, 1937, Japan. Museum no. FE.2-2005.
Victoria and Albert Museum, London
Milligan Beaumont, CSM
‘Please do not use smartphones while walking’, July 2017.
‘Please consider others when moving bulky luggage’, October 2017.
The composition of the opera is mostly organic, with a human group centering with a natural look and a delicate appearance.
The background instead, has a mix of geometric shapes with clear edges, the train station it's full of geometric shapes made by humans.
We had said that the artwork has a faded vibe, because of its absence of shadow. We can say, as well, that because of that the opera achieved a bidimensional look, but by the way, it's a common appearance in oriental art.
The color's faded and tonal, tonal Colors are different shades of colors of the same main color group, basically. The colors in the background are faded but realistic: the architecture, the floor, the train follows real color and reminds of instructional illustrations from manual books. Meanwhile, the colors of the main components are striking matte with a prevalence of tonal colors: the blue-green/ blue/violet dress of the figure at the bottom, the orange/red-orange/red-violet and then violet/blue of the lady next are all examples of this.
The illustration has a rich range of exquisite pattern elements in the composition, one or more for each dress of the figures drew.
In 2016, Seibu Railway released a series of posters, which is displayed inside its trains and on platforms. An instant hit, they have become so popular, they have made their way abroad.
Drawn by illustrator Takahiro Hidowaki, the posters depict ukiyo-e-like manga in modern-day situations to entice passengers to be considerate of their fellow train commuters.
The Edo-era inspired pictures are humorous and beautifully drawn, and have become a hit with people visiting Japan. When the posters came out, foreign passengers even inquired if it was possible to buy some of the posters as merchandise.
With more people noticing, the posters have now also become a hit abroad. As recently as March 20-22, 2019, the Victoria and Albert Museum in London exhibited the posters in an effort to showcase the harmony between the traditional and the modern.
A company in Taiwan has also found another use for the posters — putting them in Japanese language textbooks.
The person who came up with this stroke of marketing brilliance was Konomi Yamamoto, who works in the Customer Service section of Seibu Railway. When asked about the success of his idea, he simply commented: “I was trying to entice foreign tourists.”
I really loved and appreciate what the illustrator and the art director have tried to made, between the pictures given to me, this illustration stiked my attention immediately. I really like the style the fusion of new and ancient/traditional, it made me feel uneasy at first and excited at last, I loved the explosion of patterns and the beautiful shapes of the dresses. The link to the traditional way of illustration it's evident and craftly made.