Intentional, regular repetition of lines of shapes to achieve a specific repetitious effect or pattern. It might seem strange to use this adjective to describe an image because it is usually associated with music. Without words, music can intrigue us by its pulsating beat, inducing us to tap a foot or perhaps dance. Poetry often has meter, which is a term for measurable rhythm. The pace of words can establish a cadence, a repetitive flow of syllables that makes reading poems aloud a pleasure.
Rhythm is the “music” of a piece of artwork.
In the selected pages from the book to the right titled, Random is Beautiful, Brooke Z. has created rhythmic abstractions that resemble jazz music. The repetition of lines and shapes help create a lively, exciting, buzz.
In visual art rhythm refers to the movement of the eye as it flows throughout the piece of artwork. Rhythm as a design principle is based on repetition. Most often we think of rhythm in the context of shapes and their arrangements, but it could also include textures or colors. Artists also use lines to push and pull the viewer’s eye across the page.
TYPES OF RHYTHM
The patterns of the seasons, of day and night, of the tides, and even of the movement of the planets, all exhibit a regular rhythm. This rhythm consists of successive patterns in which the same elements appear in a regular order. In design or painting this is called alternating rhythm.
Another type of rhythm is called progressive rhythm. The rhythm involves repetition, but repetition of a shape that changes in a regular manner. There is a feeling of a sequential pattern. This type of rhythm is most often achieved with a progressive variation of the size of a shape, though its color, value, or texture could be the varying element.
Pages from the book titled, Random is Beautiful, Brooke Z., 2008