Join Mary Jane Begin for an in-depth discussion in this video Solution: Apple illustrations, part of The Elements of Composition for Illustrators.
- The solution for this challenge…was created by a former student of mine, Anita Tung.…Anita drew 88 apples in various styles…and media, but I picked nine to share with you.…I broke them down into categories…because I thought it would be interesting…to see how she responded to this assignment…in terms of concept, storytelling…and how she used different media.…And I'll start with some media that she chose.…The first one is a really interesting solution…because she chose to make a felt apple.…
And I thought it was cool that the texture…of this apple contrasts the idea…of a smooth and shiny apple, so that was fun.…And I think that the choice of using mixed media…was also interesting.…She actually painted her background,…which was a nice contrast…for the texture of this apple.…The next one is a really different solution.…It shows a kind of organic movement…and playfulness, and really, she had…to have done this, maybe she did it several times,…but this was the one that she chose.…
It's a fluid sort of sensibility about apple…
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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