Art Style

Art styles are sets of distinctive characteristics that are shared between artworks, manners of presenting subject matter, ways to expresses visions and handle art mediums, philosophy and motivation behind the artwork, and choices of stylistic elements and objects of representation.

The concept of "art movement"  is usually linked to a specific time and place.

Each artist has own personal art style, own unique way of expression.

  • Abstraction

    Abstract expression - depicting something not having a physical or concrete existence. 

    Origins of Visual Abstraction

    • Calligraphy: Chinese and Islamic.
    • Far East painting schools: Wang Mo (王墨) (splashed-ink);
    • Chan-buddhist painting, Liang Kai (梁楷), Zen art (e.g. enso), Dajian Huineng (大鑒惠能), Sesshu Toyo;
    • Tiantai buddhism: Yu Jian (mid-13th century),
    • Daoist painting: Zhu Derun
  • Linework

    Line is one of the fundamental elements of art design. Line usually indicates the edge of a flat shape or a three-dimensional form. Lines can be different in color and widths (constant or varying).

    Line art is an image that consists of distinct straight or curved lines.

    • A contour drawing presents dimensions, edges, outlines, and shapes.
    • A cross contour technique indicates surface of an object, usually in perspective.
    • A blind contour technique implemented without looking at the resulting image.
    • A continuous line drawing is produced without lifting the implement from the page.
    • A fast gesture drawing technique captures the essence of a figure in lines.

    Pen and ink artwork made using various inks, including sumi and ecological, and implements like fountain pens, technical, or parallel pens.

  • Sketch

    Sketch and Applied Art

    • Sketchbook, large figure sketches, gesture drawing, anatomy studies, urban sketching, blueprints, underpainting, and work in progress.
    • Applied art pieces, images to illustrate content or express concepts, illustrative line work, hand-made and digital, posters, book covers, interiors, visual plans and drafts, functional drawing, prototypes, graphic design, fashion design, needlework, decorative arts and crafts.

    Sketch - a rough drawing representing the chief features of an object or scene and often made as a preliminary study.

    Applied arts - design and decoration of practical objects to make them aesthetically pleasing.

    A design is a plan or specification for the construction of an object or system or for the implementation of an activity or process.

    Illustration - decoration, interpretation or visual explanation of a text, concept or process, designed for integration in print and digital published media.