Join Mary Jane Begin for an in-depth discussion in this video Understanding color, texture, and proportion, part of The Elements of Composition for Illustrators.
- I've spoken at length about color in my course,…The Foundation of Color,…and in my Artist at Work series.…Here, I'd like to focus specifically…on the variations in color as they relate…to composition of an image,…and how the arrangement can change…the viewer's perception of content.…Knowing how changes in color, value,…vibrancy, temperature, texture, and proportion…can shift perception is critical to good composition.…To demonstrate the way each of these aspects…of color affect a composition,…I'm going to use a poster that I developed…and illustrated for the American Library Association.…
Let's start with the concept.…I wanted to convey the idea that reading a book…transforms your ideas and imagination,…and expresses that it's fun and completely consuming.…I chose a chameleon as the main character…because it changes with its environment,…and in this case, reflects the book it's reading.…Visually expressing the tagline,…"Reading, it becomes you."…There are three of the most important areas…of interest for the illustration.…
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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