Join Mary Jane Begin for an in-depth discussion in this video Dynamic diagonals, part of The Elements of Composition for Illustrators.
- Creating a dynamic composition starts with…the realization there's always an end to the image,…and your illustration real estate is limited to the space…between the edges or borders.…If we place a band of color across the space…that is parallel to the edge, there is no tension.…It feels calm and safe.…It's a perfectly reasonable way to compose a picture…if that's what you're trying to achieve.…If we tip that band of color on the diagonal,…now we have tension.…
Visual tension helps to keep the viewer's interest,…as our eyes see the shape and follow…along the edge to see where it goes.…The diagonal seems to suggest movement,…and we've established human beings track movement.…Employing the use of shapes, lines, or objects that move…along a diagonal direction creates visual tension…and feels more active than shapes, lines, and objects…that lay parallel to the borders of an image.…A diagonal composition can move your eye across an image…or into the image using both a diagonal and perspective.…
Perspective is the art of depicting volume or depth of field…
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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