Join Mary Jane Begin for an in-depth discussion in this video Using a limited palette in composition, part of The Elements of Composition for Illustrators.
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- Composing with color has three main functions.…To communicate an idea or emotion,…unify all the elements in a piece,…as well as identify different parts…to make the image readable for the viewer.…Here are some things to consider when choosing a palette.…A color palette should never be chosen piecemeal,…based on individual colors of objects alone.…Choosing colors in isolation does not create color unity.…Using colors from a tube of paint, pastel stick,…pencil, or digital eyedropper,…without mixing, blending, or layering…also creates a form of color disconnection…and lack of harmony.…
It's a common mistake easily remedied.…One way to create connection between colors in a palette…is to use an underpainting,…an overall tone known as a "ground".…Another way is to use a glaze or a layer…you can see through as the top layer of an illustration.…Both a ground color, and an overall glaze or layer…can act as a kind of family DNA…that's shared between all the colors,…relating one to the other.…If a glaze or transparent layer is too intense,…
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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