Join Mary Jane Begin for an in-depth discussion in this video Patterns, clusters, and rhythm, part of The Elements of Composition for Illustrators.
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As human beings, we're hard-wired…to look for recurrent patterns.…It helps us make sense of a chaotic world,…especially as it relates to visual patterns.…As in music, developing a visual beat…or rhythm helps to unify a piece…by directing the eye with repeating…shapes or lines that relate to each other.…It also helps to direct the viewer's attention…to capture the whole image.…Creating patterns or shapes and…grouping of objects and repetition can help…to move the eye around a composition,…create contrast,…and provide balance as a way to…comprehend content more effectively.…
In Walter Crane's illustration…from "The Yellow Dwarf",…he used repetition of textures and patterns…to move the eye around the image.…Using a variety of textures from the grass,…to the pattern on her dress,…and the shapes of design on the Yellow Dwarf…helps create a variation to make…separate elements more visible.…You'll notice that the color values are very close.…The only shape of dark tone is the tree and hair,…which relies on the texture of the leaves…
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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