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Publisher Comments:

As a guiding principle of Eastern art and design, Notan (a Japanese word meaning dark-light) focuses on the interaction between positive and negative space, a relationship embodied in the ancient symbolism of the Yang and the Yin. In composition, it recognizes the separate but equally important identity of both a shape and its background.

Since their introduction in the West, the intriguing exercises associated with Notan have produced striking results in every branch of Western art and design. This book, by two American artists and teachers who made an intensive study of Notan, was the first basic book on the subject in the West, and it remains one of the definitive texts. Through a series of simple exercises, it places the extraordinary creative resources of Notan easily within the grasp of Western artists and designers.

Clearly and concisely, the authors demonstrate Notan's practical applications in six problems of progressive difficulty—creative exercises that will fascinate artists and designers of every calling and level of expertise. Along with these exercises, the book includes many illustrations of the principle of Notan, among them images as diverse as a sculpture by David Smith, a Samoan tapa cloth, a Museum of Modern Art shopping bag, New England gravestone rubbings, Japanese wrapping paper, a painting by Robert Motherwell, a psychedelic poster, and a carved and dyed Nigerian calabash. Painters, sculptors, potters, jewelry, and textile designers, architects, and interior designers all will discover—or rediscover—in these pages an ancient principle of composition that can help them meet creative challenges with fresh new perspective.

Synopsis:

Guiding principle of Eastern art and design, focusing on the interaction between positive and negative space, demonstrated in 6 problems of progressive difficulty. Solutions will fascinate artists and designers. 101 illustrations.

Synopsis:

Guiding principle of Eastern art and design, focusing on the interaction between positive and negative space, demonstrated in 6 problems of progressive difficulty. Solutions will fascinate artists and designers. 101 illustrations.

Synopsis:

A guiding principle of Eastern art and design, focusing on the interaction between positive and negative space, demonstrated in six art lessons of progressive difficulty. Solutions will fascinate artists and designers of every calling and level of expertise, from painters and sculptors, potters and textile designers to architects and interior designers. 101 illustrations.

Table of Contents

FOREWORD

1 NOTAN IN EVERYDAY LIFE

2 SYMMETRICAL AND ASYMMETRICAL BALANCE

3 NEGATIVE SHAPES WITH POSITIVE REVERSALS

4 CONTROL OF POSITIVE AND NEGATIVE SPACE

5 VALUE AND THE CONSTRUCTIVE USE OF TENSION

6 THE ELEMENTS OF DESIGN

7 A COMPARTMENTED DESIGN

    Part I Problem Using Rectangles

    Part II Tool Theme and Variations

8 NOTAN AND THE INNOCENT EYE

ACKNOWLEDGMENTS

Product Details

ISBN:
9780486268569
Mayfield, Marlys:
Bothwell, Dorr
Author:
Mayfield, Marlys
Author:
Bothwell, Dorr
Author:
Art Instruction
Publisher:
Dover Publications
Location:
New York :
Subject:
Techniques
Subject:
Design
Subject:
Composition
Subject:
Graphic Arts
Subject:
Design - General
Subject:
Arts, fine
Subject:
Composition (art)
Subject:
Graphic Arts - General
Subject:
Techniques - General
Subject:
General
Subject:
Art-Miscellaneous Techniques
Subject:
Art -- Instruction.
Subject:
Drawing
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Series:
Dover Art Instruction
Series Volume:
no. I-102
Publication Date:
19910931
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
80
Dimensions:
8.5 x 8.38 in 0.4 lb

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Guiding principle of Eastern art and design, focusing on the interaction between positive and negative space, demonstrated in 6 problems of progressive difficulty. Solutions will fascinate artists and designers. 101 illustrations.
"Synopsis" by ,
Guiding principle of Eastern art and design, focusing on the interaction between positive and negative space, demonstrated in 6 problems of progressive difficulty. Solutions will fascinate artists and designers. 101 illustrations.

"Synopsis" by ,
A guiding principle of Eastern art and design, focusing on the interaction between positive and negative space, demonstrated in six art lessons of progressive difficulty. Solutions will fascinate artists and designers of every calling and level of expertise, from painters and sculptors, potters and textile designers to architects and interior designers. 101 illustrations.
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