Join Mary Jane Begin for an in-depth discussion in this video Picking the appropriate colors, part of The Elements of Composition for Illustrators.
- The one thing I did think about too, before I started…on the final, was to consider color.…And that was a challenge, because I had in my mind…that I would use that wonderful yellow of Lynda.com…against the bluebird.…I was so sure this was the way to go.…And so I sketched it out with pastel.…It's a really quick, easy medium, nice to manipulate.…But as soon as I put that yellow down,…and I looked at references and, you know,…plenty of orangey-yellow skies,…I looked at this and I said, you know,…this doesn't feel right.…
Um, why? Why isn't this working?…When something doesn't work, I need to figure out why.…And the conclusion I came to was,…this felt like a fiery sky, almost as if there was conflict.…And I didn't feel that this was about conflict,…but about something aspirational, it's about creativity,…it's about, it's about making, and so what color…represented that best?…Yellow didn't feel right for the sky, the orange-yellow sky,…so I did something that initially I didn't think would work.…And I tested it, thinking, well, I'll do a color comp,…
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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