Join Mary Jane Begin for an in-depth discussion in this video Unifying light, part of The Elements of Composition for Illustrators.
- Not every illustrator uses the illusion of light…to convey meaning in their work.…As an illustrator obsessed with light…as an element of composition,…I can tell you that if you do incorporate…a light source in your work,…it's essential that you make it believable.…The message and the magic are lost…when you don't stay true to some basic rules…of achieving a convincing and evocative light source.…The first thing to understand is…what kind of emotion, mood, or atmosphere…will best express your story or concept.…Should it be cheerful?…Atmospheric?…Secretive?…Or sinister?…Understanding how light falls on human forms and objects…is especially important as we look carefully at faces,…and recognize when the light seems off.…
Using general light from all directions is less interesting,…and makes the light less believable.…Choosing a single light source,…and working in black and white, can make it easier.…Though, multiple light sources,…with once source being the primary source of light,…can also make figures appear more dimensional.…
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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