Art Gallery: Visual Elements Shaimika Jones Art Appreciation Waldorf University July 24, 2018

Visual Elements









Forensic Photography

Design Principles;

Photos are of high pixels (10000-665)

Symmetrical balance of features such as colors

Unified and repetition of elements

Large scale network to put emphasis on the surrounding.

Clear image

Forensic Photography

Background Explanation

Photos are clear since they are used as evidence in the courts to prove criminal activities.

Used as point of reference on other related disciplines such as law and criminology.

High definition cameras are needed to help in solving crimes and associated activities.


Foundation of all arts.

Used to suggest;





Growth, rhythm

Range of emotions

Line is used in the picture to suggest a range of emotions.

The lines are jagged to suggest turmoil and anxiety

The painting of red and white of the strip generates enough chromatic intensity to symbolize the grief and the suffering of the victim of crime.

The tortured emotions are heightened by the careful balance of bold lines, color, and simplified photo.


Shape is either natural or man-made, regular or irregular, representational or abstract

The behavior of shapes are used in controlling the feeling in the composition of the art;

Squares and rectangles depict the sense of strength and stability

Circles and ellipses portray movement which is continuous.

Triangles used in the creation of imbalance and tension.

The shape applied in the picture is abstract shape which defines depth and form with natural properties of color.

It tries to stimulate an emotional responses by just reorganizing visual elements in shifting configurations.




Color represents the strongest effects on the emotions.

It used in the creation of the mood of the art

techniques of using color;

Color as;





Color is used in the picture as light.

It enhances stimulation in the brain by different wavelengths if light.

The flood light contributes to the provision of color in the picture which forms a good marriage between the subject and its execution.


Refers to the surface qualities of the art.

The roughness or smoothness of the materials used in the artwork

Texture is experienced in two ways:

Optically observed by the sight

Physically observed by the touch

Optical texture is applied in the photo since it assists in the ultimate level of realism of the scene in the photo.

Creates more fastidious details of the picture such as the naturalistic eyes and age-appropriate clothes reduce the chances of deception.


Made by repetition or echo of the artwork elements in order to communicate the sense of;




Main forms of pattern in art:

Natural pattern – based on the inspiration through observation of the shapes of objects in nature

Man-made pattern- applied for structural and decorative purposes.

Types of pattern portrayed here is natural pattern that is irregular.

The rhythm of reflection and transparency, light and dark generates a flickering pattern through the surface of the picture to show the confusion as well as grief of the situation to be investigated.


Describes the lightness or darkness of a color.

Tones alter the expression of a character.

Tone is applied in the creation of;

Dramatic contrast of light and dark

Illusion of form

A dramatic or tranquil atmosphere

Tone is applied in the picture as a form.

It refers to the dramatic contrast of light and dark tones in the picture.

It makes this picture so appealing to people’s eyes through combination of intensive personal scrutiny, the accuracy, and facial expression.


Represents volume and space occupied by the shape.

It is representational of an object.

Defines sculpture and design of an item.

3D form can be modelled or carved or constructed.

2D form brings the illusion of 3D in 2D media through manipulating respective visual elements


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