Join Mary Jane Begin for an in-depth discussion in this video Challenge: Eight apple illustrations, part of The Elements of Composition for Illustrators.
- To explore with media and message, variations on a theme,…create eight illustrations of an apple.…You could do all apples in one day,…or one apple a day for eight days.…The illustrations may be in color or black and white.…Explore every idea, approach, and / or media possible.…Be inventive, and push your creativity.…Challenge your limitations.…They can be imaginative, realistic,…they could tell a story, explore a concept...…It's your choice.…Just be sure each one is different than the other.…
Variety is the spice of life.…The format and size of the illustrations…are to be decided by you.…They may be small.…Create each illustration on a separate piece of paper,…or as a separate entity.…Take as long or as little as you need,…and remember to share your sketches with us…on Facebook or on your favorite form of social media.…
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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