For this week’s exercise, we were instructed to make three compositions using “several shapes to work with and repeat them for each piece.” We were to use “a different tool to create focal points each time.”
The first “assignment” was to “use placement of shapes and lines to lead the eye to a focal point.” For Composition 1, the eye is drawn to the central element of this piece by the shape and lines of the elements radiating from it. The emphasis is created by leading the eye to the “eye” of the piece.
For Composition 2 the “assignment” was to “use isolation to create a focal point.” In this piece, the bottom triangle is identical to the elements above; but simply by setting it off, it becomes the focus. I placed it so (to me) it looks like the triangle is trying to head back to its “proper” location. The contrast here is a contrast of placement—not form.