Join Mary Jane Begin for an in-depth discussion in this video Avoiding common pitfalls, part of The Elements of Composition for Illustrators.
- Have you ever looked at an illustration…and scratched your head, unable to make…heads or tails of what's happening?…Chances are the illustrator wasn't paying attention…to his or her tangents.…Tangents are points in an image…where two objects, shapes or lines…touch in a visually awkward way,…making the image really hard to read.…Putting an element close to an edge…so that it is just touching or slightly nipped off…by the edge of the image causes tension…that directs the eye out of the illustration.…Aligning the edge of one object in the foreground…with something in the background…breaks the illusion of space.…
Placing an element directly behind another…and aligning the edges creates the illusion…that something is growing out of,…or attached to the object in front.…Aligning two objects edge to edge…creates the impression that they are stuck together.…Least you think that only novices…create tangents in their illustrations, think again.…If you've ever accidentally…created a tangent that creates visual confusion…you're in good company.…
AuthorMary Jane Begin
This course will help to clarify best practices for developing any artistic or illustrated composition. Shaping the elements; marrying concept to composition; engaging the editing eye; achieving balance, unity, directional movement, and perspective; and exploring point of view and focal points are all topics covered in these lessons. Author (and professional artist) Mary Jane Begin also explores the major and minor pitfalls of a weak composition and explains the six compositional rules that lead to the best end results! See the steps in action in the final chapter, where Mary Jane designs a concept for lynda.com.
Then share what you've learned with the lynda.com community. Take the three challenges Mary Jane issues in the course and post your results to Facebook and Twitter, using the hashtag #learnatlynda. We can't wait to see your illustrations!
- Directing with lines
- Designing the negative space
- Creating a consistency of style
- Adding movement with dynamic diagonals, edges, and contrast
- Creating depth of field with perspective
- Using—and breaking—the rules
- Choosing a size and medium for artwork
Skill Level Beginner
1. Basics of Composition
Framing your field of view3m 15s
2. Shaping the Composition
3. Creating Compositional Unity
4. Exploring Movement
5. Directing the Eye
6. Finalizing the Format
7. From Concept to Finished Art
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