Join Mary Jane Begin for an in-depth discussion in this video Understanding concept and composition, part of The Elements of Composition for Illustrators.
- The message, idea, or mood drives the compositional bus…in any design or illustration.…Really understanding your idea…informs every aspect of composing your image.…The biggest mistake that an illustrator can make…is wanting to rush to the finish line…and make the finished art.…I understand the desire to jump in…and start drawing, painting and making.…But the how of illustration is always in service of the why,…and the best way to get to the core of your idea or story…is to come up with a bunch of different ways…of thinking about it.…
When you want to convey an idea,…you first have to figure out what the idea is,…and therefore what it's not.…Getting things done on paper or tablet,…then editing or pairing down, condensing,…and organizing your thoughts is a great first step.…The difficulty is often knowing how to start.…At the outset of a project,…when ideas are floating around in your mind,…pick up a tool and start drawing or writing.…Exploring a variety of concepts…is a stream of consciousness,…or in free-form, without borders or structure,…
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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