If you're like me, you might love a piece you've just finished, but when you look at it critically some time later, you find fault. Below are some guidelines to help you decide whether or not a work is truly finished, and the best it can be. Use these concepts while the art is in-progress and when you think it might be done. Then go back a few days later and squint your eyes at it again!
ELEMENTS OF ART: line, texture, color, shape, form, value, space
PRINCIPLES OF DESIGN: repetition, balance, emphasis, contrast, unityA: Did you plan carefully, make several sketches? Did you choose a color scheme wisely, use space effectively?
B: Does the artwork show that you applied the principles of design while using one or more art elements effectively?
CREATIVITY & ORIGINALITY
A: Did you explore several choices, generating many ideas?
B: Is the work your own rather than copied or, God forbid, traced?
C. Does it communicate your own perspective, and do it well?
CRAFTSMANSHIP & SKILL
A: Is the artwork outstanding and patiently done? Is it as good as hard work could make it?
B: Does it need any finishing touches?
Finally, look at the artwork from a distance. Another idea: Turn the piece upside down for a brand new critical look! Yet another idea: Look at a reflection of the art in a mirror to see what might not work. Happy art-making!
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