Join Mary Jane Begin for an in-depth discussion in this video Directing with lines, part of The Elements of Composition for Illustrators.
- Do you remember when your middle school math teacher…explained that the shortest distance…between two points is a line?…We won't be focusing on math or geometry here.…But the point is, we do pay attention to lines and images.…Our eyes tend to seek out lines and edges to follow along…and move from one point in the picture to another.…Lines can be used to connect shapes…while curved, straight, parallel and intersecting lines…provide a framework and movement…helping to hold various shapes…of the composition together.…
In Howard Pyle's The Wonder Clock…line is used to direct the eye to the subject matter,…frame a subject to draw attention to it,…connect two elements,…and parallel a body of text to reinforce its importance…and a balance of composition.…Without the line and frame of texture…this image would be imbalanced…with too much of the weight on the right.…Michael Sloan's blue illustrations…featuring Professor Nimbus…use line to direct the eye into the picture…with perspective,…to balance the composition as a horizon line,…
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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