Join Mary Jane Begin for an in-depth discussion in this video Finalizing the color and composition, part of The Elements of Composition for Illustrators.
- So, once I established the value…to figure out what my focal point would be,…I then shifted to the underpainting color,…and for me, using a ground is really important,…And I'll just mention that this drawing…was printed on a really nice watercolor paper…that was soaked and stretched across a piece of board.…I let it dry and then I started with watercolor.…This orange color is all watercolor.…I go back in and I pull out the lights with a scrub brush…just to get my value system.…
The black is really just the pencil…that's been printed on the surface.…For me, the reason why I chose,…I got to use the yellow I really wanted to use.…The yellow-orange color was going to react…to the blues I was putting on top of it.…I knew this had a lot of blue.…Blue sky, blue bird, a lot of cool colors,…so I needed an underpainting that was the opposite,…and would react to the color that I put on top.…So this was the right choice for me.…
It also warmed up the scene so it wouldn't be too cold.…Cool palettes like lots of blues…can be deadly because it can feel removed,…
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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