Join Will Kemp for an in-depth discussion in this video Compositional rules, part of Foundations of Drawing: Light and Shadow.
…Creating a good composition is a balance between negative spaces, light and…dark patterns and design principles such as the rule of thirds.…We learned about negative spaces on the foundations of drawing where we…saw how using negative shapes can help with you drawing more accurately.…So, what is the rule of thirds?…Well, it's not really a rule, it's more of a guide just to…help you balance your compositions when you're lining them up.…What you do is you split your scene into thirds and…then align key objects to key points within that composition.…
So, when you're creating a landscape composition and…using the rule of thirds, all you do is split your page into thirds and…these points on the intersections, that's what we're looking for.…These are what we can align key points of…interest within our composition to really pump up your drawings or…add focus to where you want the viewer to look in your composition.…So let's look at this 17th century Dutch painting by Reisdale, and…you can start to see how he creates a focal point on…
- Identifying the light sources
- Understanding the history of light and shadow in art
- Working with different lighting angles
- Working with line and tone shadow patterns
- Creating form with pencils, chalk, and charcoal