Join Mary Jane Begin for an in-depth discussion in this video Combining message and medium, part of The Elements of Composition for Illustrators.
- Would you wear a clown suit to a formal dinner?…An evening gown or tuxedo to the beach?…My guess is probably not.…Making sure that the medium you choose…for an illustration fits the message…can make all the difference between…delivering content or not.…Playing with different materials…can allow your illustration voice…to have range and is really good at keeping…the most important tool, your imagination,…as sharp as possible.…As an illustrator, I'm no purist.…I prefer to mix media to achieve different effects…and textures partly because I think of media…as ingredients, much like a chef,…and partly because I like to experiment.…
You can't have excitement without a little terror.…In some images, I've mixed acrylic gloss medium…with tube watercolors to mimic…the Renaissance technique of glazing…without involving all the cleaning…and solvent issues related to oil paints.…The technique involves mixing a small amount…of acrylic gloss with each layer of watercolor paints.…The layering achieves luminous and complex color passages.…
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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