Join Mary Jane Begin for an in-depth discussion in this video Solution: Point of view, part of The Elements of Composition for Illustrators.
- So my solution to this challenge…was to take a photograph…of my friend Rose,…and I asked her to pose in such a way…that she would be looking down at something…to give me a sort of point of conversation…or something to draw that she would be looking at.…I also angled the camera,…my point of view, so that I was below her,…just to make things interesting,…change the point of view, as we had talked about.…And, when I was drawing her,…I wasn't sure what she would be looking at…at first, but I decided as I sketched this out…that it would be interesting to have something…like a creature, because I like to draw creatures,…crawling on her, and at first I thought…it could be a gecko or a lizard,…and as I sketched this little creature,…I decided it would make it more interesting…if it had a backpack on,…and it wasn't just a character that was,…excuse me, a creature, but more of a character.…
When sketching this, I really had…to think about a couple of things,…that you have to consider when you're going…from the photograph to the drawing,…
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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