Putting it Together: Circles

This article is the second part of Putting it all Together: Expressive Lines, Shapes, and Forms.

Circles can be considered either man-made or organic. According to Kandinsky, the circle is the only share that falls into each category.

So how can you tell which type of circle is organic or man-made? In this case, it is important to pay attention to the manner in which the work is created. Look at the two pieces below. Think about how each piece was created.

Seven Circles, by Kandinsky
Image by James Thomas

The top piece appears to be created with paint. You can see the hand of man in its creation, through the brush marks. Areas of the paint application are inconsistent in areas.

The bottom piece seems to have been created digitally. The edges of each ring are crisp and clean.

Keeping this in mind, the top piece is an example of circles that are organic, while the lower piece is man-made.

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