Join Mary Jane Begin for an in-depth discussion in this video Does size matter?, part of The Elements of Composition for Illustrators.
- If you create a balanced and well-executed composition,…shouldn't it work no matter what size it is?…The answer is yes and no.…It really depends on where the final image will land.…Will it be in a book, on a billboard,…your television screen or a T-shirt?…You need to consider the composition in relationship…to the size of the final output…and think about the time a viewer might have…to take in all of the information at hand,…how the shapes, lines and textures read at different sizes,…if the medium is translated well…from original art to finished form,…if size changes the message.…
If a work is being viewed in a gallery or museum,…the viewer can take all the time here she wants to,…to absorb it,…minutes or hours, depending on the viewer's attention span.…If the work is on a billboard or a banner,…the viewer is at a distance…and is likely looking at the image for only a brief period.…Simplicity and clarity of shapes…will make it easier to read.…The same can be said for motion graphics…and imagery that appears on screen very briefly.…
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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