How Do ARTISTS use
ELEMENTS OF DESIGN of
Convey message/purpose in
ORDER OF PRESENTATION
• The elements of designs
• The purpose/message in the work
• Contemporary practices
• Difference between Digital and Traditional printmaking
Ernst Ludwig Kirchner
Felix Edouard Vallotton
Henri De Toulouse-lautrec
The Elements of Design of Printmaking
Now, how are the elements used?
Most common and basic element
Created as a mark that connects two dots
Used to be able to control the
Most importantly, Printmakers use it to help construct meaning in their work.
Ernst Ludwig is well-known for his great usage of line in his prints
• Shape is a form of line.
• When a combinations of line are created, it
usually forms the shape of the subject of the
• An artist who uses Line in his work is Felix
• This is a “La Raison Probante,”
woodcut by Félix Vallotton in 1898.
Felix Vallotton autoportriat
FORM is just like shape only it’s in 3-D
it can be measured by height, width, and depth.
It’s also the shape of parts of composition
A printmaker who uses this type of design is Ernst
• Which artist is well-known for his use of
• Used to find a way that objects relate to each other.
• It is also an illusion of three dimensions.
• Francisco Goya, a Spanish romantic painter and printmaker is
known for his great usage of space in his prints.
• Goya is more of the intaglio printmaking type.
• Most of his prints uses etching or aquatint, or sometimes a
combination of both.
“Disparate 22. Lluvia de toros o Disparate de toritos”
THIS IS AN AQUATINT PRINT
Purpose: To give the illusion of a
deep black space around the bulls
• is a special element of design.
• Created through the audience.
• There are three qualities of color in prints. These are
• An example of a printmaker who is known to use color very well in his work is
Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec.
TRUE OR FALSE QUESTIONS
• Color is a special element of design
• Francisco Goya is a relief printmaker
• The most common and basic element is Form
CAN YOU DEFINE LINE, SHAPE, AND FORM.
Making it ideal for projects with a tight deadline.
- Design project’s texts, images and colors can be
customized without been slowed down
-Budget free but only on smaller quality pieces
-Large quality pieces are not budget friendly
-Inks aren’t fully absorbed into the print paper,
which means cracks can appear in the color
near edges which are folded in the finished
-It’s more cost effective for higher volume
-It’s the best quality type of printing
available for graphic designers.
- They enable more choice when it comes to
-Not nearly as fast as digital.
-More costly for LOWER VOLUME PRINT
-Far more difficult to customize the print
jobs during the print run as the printer
NEEDS to be adjusted.