Artists work with line, shape, color and texture. It can be hard to pull those elements apart.
Toni Yuly illustration from Gracias Abejas
Where does shape end and color begin?
When a shape is right it dances.
A shape can be positive or negative (i.e. created by the space around it.)
A well drawn shape gets to the essence of things, eliminating detail.
With compression and distortion a shape can convey movement. Exaggeration makes it more active (and more delightful).
Margaret Chodos-Irvine – detail from Where Lily Isn’t
As it moves toward abstraction a shape is enlivened by what is real.
Salud – here’s to this shapely world!
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This is a good time of the year for sweets, so here are some sweets for your eyes. Bilibin painted this Tsar’s cake.
For a lighter confection, perhaps a trip to Vienna is in order. A friend gave me a book about Demel, the famous bakery there.
The book includes photographs of the bakery displays and of confections.
It also includes these drawings (and many more).
The Demel book inspired me when I was working on Apple Cake. The Demel drawings also reminded me of some confections by other artists. This character is by Anita Lobel.
From the Danish artist Bjorn Wiinblad:
And from Andy Warhol:
I hope that you have a December full of pastries, mit schlag. You can start with a slice of this cake from Alois Carigiet.