Join Mary Jane Begin for an in-depth discussion in this video Style and substance, part of The Elements of Composition for Illustrators.
Style plays a dramatic and important role…in exploring the composition and…expressing content of an illustration.…Although you might not be able to…change your style with a snap of your fingers,…you can shift gears to express different…aspects of your creative personality.…Knowing when and how to change…things up in creating illustration…flexes your creative muscles and helps…give more "oomph" and "aah"…to your composition and your message.…After years of illustrating,…there is no question that I've developed…a signature style defined by drawing,…subject matter,…use of media,…and mark-making with a variety of tools.…
When trying to figure out the best way…to illustrate the children's book,…"A Mouse Told His Mother",…I thought I'd try working with another artist to create…a more graphic, clean look to the imagery.…I created the line drawing,…and he translated it with…pen and ink scratchboard.…But the publisher decided that…they really wanted my usual style,…so using the same composition,…I ended up painting the illustrations,…
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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