Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Economy of Form

Mary Blair was a master of economy. Her forms are fluid, graceful, and simple. Well composed, repeating shapes, rounded angles, and line that flows into line all make for very pleasing views. Note in this illustration she made for Choco Milk how the line from her hand that holds the glass flows in a beautiful curve all the way to her foot, uninterrupted by her night gown. Her designs are cute, compact, and deceptively simple - study them closer and you can see how well planned they are. The charming form is made more so with the addition if detailed patterns and an incredible palette. The muted colors give her designs warmth and closeness.

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