Join Mary Jane Begin for an in-depth discussion in this video Contrast and edges, part of The Elements of Composition for Illustrators.
- The way that human beings…compare one thing to another…is by noticing similarities…and differences between things.…Contrast is the state of being strikingly different…from something else.…Imagine if there were no contrasts in our world.…All colors, personalities,…flavors would be the same.…It would be a very dull place, to be sure.…In making images, contrast allows viewers…to see each element in a piece with clarity.…Without it, all the definable edges would disappear.…
Where one object shape or line ends…and another begins creates an edge.…Edges created by contrast throughout a piece…helps to keep the contrast hierarchy in mind.…Hierarchy is the order, gradation,…or ranking of something.…In this case, the level of contrast…the eye is perceiving in an image.…Because humans first depended on…seeing the shape of an enemy…or predator on the horizon…before communicating with language,…we naturally are drawn to the highest level of contrast,…or sharpest edge of a shape first.…
Conversely, the lowest level of contrast…
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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