|Like rhythm, pattern is built up on repetition
- repetition of shapes - colours etc. but unlike rhythm which
is associated much more with direction in an image, it is associated
with area in the image. Pattern in an image encourages the eye
to roam over the surface rather than to move across the image
in a certain direction. |
patterns tend to have one element which is homogenous (something
in the image which is static) and if the elements or motif that
create the pattern extend past the edge of the frame they suggest
a continuation of the pattern outside the frame.
with edge to edge rhythm the idea of continuation occurs - the
eye assumes that the pattern extends past the edge of the frame.
Allowing the pattern to extinguish before the edge of the frame
establishes limits. Patterns are created from visual elements
that repeat - to a certain point - the more these elements repeat
the more we create a sense of pattern than simply a group of individual
the individual elements become too hard to distinguish, the pattern
changes and we recognize it as a texture.
In terms of actual numbers this can vary depending on the nature
of the visual element which is being repeated - but it might lie
between ten and several hundred. |