TIME AND MOTION

There are works of art that have actual motors or are powered by solar or wind power. However, most works of art are static (they donít move), Illusionistically, they attempt to capture the moment, an elapse of time or bodies in motion. Depending on the narrative, artists must apply some of these devices.

Body Language: muscles must contract, expand, twist or turn appropriate to the action being portrayed. The positioning of the head, arms, and legs must also reinforce the artistís intention.

Creases and Folds in Clothing: the linear pattern of creases must reflect the movements of the arms and legs underneath. Clothing alternately becomes tightened or loosened. The more creases or tension lines, the more movement is suggested.

 

 INSERT IN THIS BOX THE IMAGE TITLED ďBEAUTY BEASTĒ

 Though a cartoon cell from Beauty and the Beast, this image well portrays the rhythm and body movements associated with dance. In regard to body language, their arms are raised and elbows bent; they heads are tilted as they look into each otherís eyes. Their clothing moves with their bodies. While the simplified nature of cartoons may delete the details of wrinkles and crease in clothing that result from bodily movement, her scarf appears to sway with the rhythm of the dance and his jacket appears tight fitting, conforming to the body beneath.