Join Mary Jane Begin for an in-depth discussion in this video The six rules of composition, part of The Elements of Composition for Illustrators.
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- If you want a more powerful composition…that packs some punch,…follow the six basic rules of any good composition.…The Golden Ration or Rule of Thirds.…The Golden Ration is also known as the Golden Mean,…Golden Section, and more commonly,…as the Rule of Thirds.…It's a mathematical ratio of one to 1.61…that can be found in nature.…You've probably seen this before.…Here's how the two-thirds rule breaks down…in natural objects like this Nautilus shell.…It's been used for at least the past 4,000 years…in human art and design…as we find it to be inherently pleasing…and you can apply it to own work in a similar method.…
For your images, divide it into thirds,…both horizontally and vertically,…and place the focus of the painting…either one-third across…or one-third up or down the picture.…A human figure represented in an image can be a stick figure…or a complex, highly rendered Renaissance painting.…In either case, and with any figure,…man or beast, cropping them…at particular junctures can be hazardous…to good composition.…
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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