Adding Variety to Shapes

Good design is all about variety. Start by making your positive and negative shapes more varied and dynamic. In other words, avoid perfect geometric shapes, straight lines and even edges. Then check the sizes of your shapes to ensure variety in this respect, too. Whatever you do, don’t copy your scene or subject exactly if it has boring, repetitive shapes. Use your creativity to make the shapes and the design more interesting.

Jamie Robertson attended the Columbus College of Art and Design and was a fashion designer/colorist for Abercrombie and Fitch for six years. He?s been painting full time from his home studio in Findlay, Ohio, since 1997. He?s received numerous awards and shown his work extensively throughout his home state.

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