Edges in art refer to the transition between two shapes of colour or value. Edges are strongly related to value!
Edges are created when there is a transition of:
- Objects – an object is front of another
- Planes – the surface or face of an object meets another
- Colours – caused by lighting or a change in the objects physical colouration (pattern)
Many people overlook edges and focus on colour and composition. Just as the hierarchies of value and colour in our artwork are important, a hierarchy of edges expands our visual language; the tools available for directing the viewer’s focus.
Edges are defined as either:
- Hard (Found) – Where shapes of contrasting value meet, they create edges which appear as sudden, break, cut or line of demarcation in the image. Think of a the dark silhouette against a bright light.
- Soft – A soft edge is a smooth transition between two shapes. These are typically found on rounded corners or curved surfaces.
- Lost edges blend with or flow into one another so that it is hard to distinguish where the adjoining shapes begin and end.
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