Join Mary Jane Begin for an in-depth discussion in this video Consistency of style, part of The Elements of Composition for Illustrators.
- When I say I like your style, what do I mean?…I could be referring to your manner of dressing…or perhaps your personality.…Either way, its meant to compliment…your individual way of doing or being.…Style in illustration is a combination…of distinctive artistic expression, mark making,…use of media, and quality of imagination…that is unique and distinctive.…Here are some general categories of styles.…Photorealistic or realistic images are drawn and painted…with the notion of depicting characters and events…that are believable in real time and space.…
Surrealistic or magically realistic illustration relies…on aspects of reality, light, color, tone,…and textures to convey purely imaginary content.…Painterly illustration refers to the quality…of the mark making that reveals the medium itself.…In this case, paint in both traditional and digital work.…Graphic styles refer to images that don't rely…on light and shadow or desire to…convey photographic realism of any kind.…Often referred to as a flat style, it uses…
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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