Join Mary Jane Begin for an in-depth discussion in this video A look back to influential illustrators, part of The Elements of Composition for Illustrators.
- When you sit at your desk,…and ponder the composition for an illustration,…do you feel like you're tackling a problem all by yourself?…Well, don't.…Instead of slaving away, struggling…in your own head to solve a problem,…try standing on the shoulders of giants.…Those luminaries that have paved the way…before you, as well as your peers…and contemporary illustrators,…trying to solve some of the same…creative problems as you.…Artists have been influencing each other…for as long as human beings have been making art.…A shining example of this,…appeared at the birth of the Golden Age of Illustration.…
A period of exceptional book, magazine,…and advertising illustration,…resulting from new, and inexpensive printing technology,…and a public demand for graphic arts.…The Pre-Raphaelites at the turn of the century,…a brotherhood of painters whose work…was inspired by numerous myths, poems,…and stories, were heavily influenced…by the 15th century Renaissance masters.…Those that preceded Raphael, hence the name.…They, in turn, influenced and were influenced by…
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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