Join Mary Jane Begin for an in-depth discussion in this video Getting the most out of this course, part of The Elements of Composition for Illustrators.
- The way to get the most out of this course, is to be an active participant in the instruction as though you were in the classroom with me. Take a look at the resource file for this course. It contains all the artists shown, and their websites, a palette generator, and a few recommendations for reference books. Like assignments in the classroom, I've included several videos called Challenges. Challenges are quick activities that give you a hands-on opportunity to practice and master what you're learning. After you've done the Challenge, be sure to check out my Solution video, where I walk through some of the solutions I've provided.
I hope you have fun creating yours. I really wanna encourage you to share your solutions to the Challenges with us on Facebook, or on your favorite form of social media. I'll be taking a look and responding to what I see.
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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