Join Mary Jane Begin for an in-depth discussion in this video Understanding point of view, part of The Elements of Composition for Illustrators.
- When you think about point of view…you might conjure the idea…of a person's opinion on the subject matter…usually based on their background,…personality or experience.…In images point of view is literally…the point at which something or someone…is observed by a viewer.…Change in the point of view in a composition…can help you to figure out the best way…to present your image.…We can look at it head on…from a birds eye view…or from an ant's perspective.…The angle at which we see things…gives vital insight into the meeting of a composition…how we're meant to think and feel…about what we're looking at.…
Changing the point of view…from a safe place to something more dynamic…can create dramatic tension.…Jon Foster uses point of view to great effect…to infuse drama…and to emphasize the action of the moment.…From above…and from below…He also uses point of view…to create an emotional reaction in the viewer.…In this image it's clear…that we are not in a position of power.…The angle from below…reinforces the emotional impact of the moment.…
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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