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Tuesday, 6 November 2012

Movement of Figures in Art, Paintings by Degas & Babad




In my above unfinished painting, Ballerina Soaring Movement, I wanted to convey the movement of the figure in space. I blurred the edges of the ballerina to help achieve my objective. While I did not use cross-contour lines, my lines overlap much of the form. Cross-contour lines are lines that cross and describe the surface between or up to the edge of the form (Art Fundamentals Theory & Practice, Ocvirk et al).  My support is more coarse than usual and this also breaks down the edges.  The artist Degas frequently used cross-contour lines and blurred edges to create movement (see Degas’ above painting, Yellow Ballerina). In both above paintings the figures’ gestures also contribute to the appearance of movement.

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