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Emotional Shapes Revisited

Emotional Shapes Revisited

Taking another look at shapes that evoke emotion

I love this exercise, and I would love to do it as often as I can. It embraces the core of visual storytelling.

Alas, we could only take time in our class to do it once more for practice.

By the way, click here to find out the story behind these pieces of art.

 

Just like last time, go ahead and guess in the comments section below. I’ll include the answers in the next blog post.

(Remember, as an audience member, you cannot guess wrong. It’s up to me as the artist to try to find the right way of describing an emotion to you via shapes. So put me to the test!)

Also, let me know which ones are your favorites!

 

Here we are, emotional shapes revisited…

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Using abstract shapes to design plants

Shapely Plants

What to do with those emotional shapes?

Now that we’re telling stories with nothing but shapes, how do we use it in design?

In my UVU concept art class what we did next was to create eight new abstract shapes that we really like, purely in the design sense.

Abstract Shapes - by Bryan Beus

Abstract Shapes

We took those eight shapes and mixed them together to create two different plants.

From the outset we understood that the plants would be nonsensical—that was part of the fun.

But, as you see when you look through the next few pictures, we didn’t just stop there.

Once we had those plants designed, we used them as a base for drawing more designs within the black silhouettes—this time with a white pen drawn over the black.

This is a way for artists to plan out the smaller shapes that reside within the design.

Take a look below, see if you can pick out the building-block shapes above with the final results.

Using abstract shapes to design plants

Using abstract shapes to design plants
Bryan Beus

Shapely Plants

Using abstract shapes to design plants
Bryan Beus

Using abstract shapes to design plants

Using abstract shapes to design plants
Bryan Beus

Using abstract shapes to design plants

Using abstract shapes to design plants
Bryan Beus

 

And, as promised, here are the answers from the last blog post:

1 & 2: Centered

3 & 4: Vigorous

5: Bored

6 & 7: Vulnerable

8 & 9: Hatred

10 & 11: Panic

12: Tormented

 

How did you do? Let me know in the comments section how close I came to capturing those emotions for you.

Bryan Beus - Abstract Emotions

Abstract Emotional Shapes

Abstract emotional shapes from my UVU Concept Art Class.

All in all, this is a really fun activity.

This assignment I thought up as an opportunity to use shapes—in their purest sense—to create emotion and stories. Shapes are the building blocks of all solid design, so by cutting out the narrative element of shapes—that is, not worrying about making the shapes resemble anything we might recognize—it’s easier to focus on just making stuff that’s neat, no matter the context.

We started with a list of a dozens of different human emotions—such as pain, fear, melancholy, etc.—and then together we came up with shapes that we felt described those emotions.

We all brought these emotional shapes to class to show to each other, and everyone made guesses as to which emotion each shape was supposed to evoke. If everyone guessed the correct emotion, then the creator of the shape knew s/he was on the right track.

Here are a few from my attempts from the first pass at this exercise.

Can you guess the emotions? Let me know what you think in the comments.

(I’ll post the answers with my next blog post)

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