Sadie Valkyrie


Fall is here, and that means it’s time for brisk mornings, cozy layers, festive pumpkin patches, the aromatic smell of spiced pie and pumpkin spiced lattes, and so much more. Sure, there are a lot of things about autumn that can’t be captured easily with a camera, but fortunately, there is still a lot that great photography can spotlight. Among them, fall colors. The magnificent hues and color schemes associated with this time of year are unmatched!

Geometry, the study of shapes and their properties, is all around us. Think back to your childhood days playing with toys in the sandbox. One of the first things we teach children is how to recognize shapes. The ability to discern basic shapes is an essential part of human development, because they are the building blocks of the visual world and thus, graphic design. In this article, we’re going to discuss geometric shapes as a design element, and then try our hand creating our own patterns using the Shape Mask tool in the PicsArt app! 

We often think of art as the result of divine inspiration — a consequence of our fleeting fancies. But in actuality, the study of art is highly principled. And branches of it which are functional and used to achieve a desired result, like graphic design, especially benefit from adhering to (or deviating from) certain conventions. As creators, we are often working towards a goal (and even when we’re not, being principled about our work only makes it better!). Sometimes that goal is to just create something beautiful for ourselves or a loved one. Other times, it’s more functional, like designing a poster for a concert or a new logo for an up and coming brand. But in both scenarios, while creativity and artistic inspiration is certainly an important part of creating good designs, understanding the deeper underlying principles is key. 

So… Black’s not your color? As it turns out, you’ve got options. I’ve been enamored lately with a trend I’ve only recently discovered. Turns out it’s been around for a couple of years already, but it’s still far from making its way into mainstream circles, so I felt like now was an exciting time to reflect on it. We’ve all known about “goth” for a while now, a trend which covers everything from fashion, to music, to… daytime raves. But “Pastel Goth” is something altogether new. It resembles goth culture in many ways that it generally rejects mainstream culture, but it does so with an unnerving spin. While goth culture has always been fairly black and white (or, more specifically, black, since one main characteristic of the aesthetic that we all thought we could count on with goths was their penchant for dark colors), the pastel goth aesthetic, on the…