Join Mary Jane Begin for an in-depth discussion in this video Using borders, bleeds, and boxes, part of The Elements of Composition for Illustrators.
- Like choosing an outfit appropriate for the occasion,…knowing what format fits your idea can go a long way…in composing a single illustration or a series of images.…Likewise, understanding the meaning of terms…commonly used in formatting art for production…can help you both with your design skills…and your ability to communicate…with an art director or client.…Let's take a look at some of the ways…that your illustrations can be presented…and the terms you use to describe them.…A full bleed illustration is one that extends to…the edge of the surface that the illustration appears on.…
It creates the impression for the viewer that the art…continues on well past the edge of the artwork…as though we're seeing a crop vision of the scene.…A full bleed creates a sense of an expanded world…and can feel dynamic and free-flowing as a format choice.…A square need not be square in shape but always…has four corners that are visible on a surface.…Using space between the image and the edges…of the surface creates a kind of visual barrier…
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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