Such a fantastic resource!!
omg amazing art resource! *u*
Today I gave my students a quick presentation on some of the basic considerations for composition, which I am now sharing with you! I’ve given them separate talks about color and tonal value/contrast, which are also super important compositional concerns. (I’ll be sharing those presentations too once I properly format them)
I personally love learning about different compositional techniques. It’s fun to think about the ways that the brain views & sorts images, and how we can trick it into feeling a certain way or looking at certain aspects of an image first! It’s easy to fall into compositional ruts (which I am also guilty of) because a lot of art gets by with mediocre, though serviceable, compositions. If you can generally understand what’s happening in an image then it’s generally fine. However, it’s the truly great compositions, where everything in the whole image has been considered and ‘clicks’ together, that bump up an illustration to a visual slam dunk. NC Wyeth is one of my favorite artists for this reason: his compositions are rock solid, varied based on the image’s intent, and always enhance the mood or action he is depicting.
For extra reading, some online compositional resources that I’ve found helpful or interesting include:
Creative Illustration by Andrew Loomis (download it for FREE. Such a great book all-around.)
Gurney Journey (check out the “Composition” tag, but really everything he posts is great)
The Schweitzer guide to spotting tangents
Cinemosaic (a blog by Lou Romano with some truly WONDERFUL compositions captured from various films)
Where to Put the Cow by Anita Griffin
I did some compositional how-to’s in my early weeks at Warner Bros. studios. I thought it’d be great to post a series of these on the Tumblr’s for beginning board artists.
This is the first part - the rule of thirds.
This is how I lay out a lot of things!!
Open Window+ New tab to see these bigger.
Serge Birault/Papa Ninja tutorials, he has a ton on his blog- http://sergebirault.blogspot.com/ and link to the translated tutorial- http://www.tdt3d.com/articles_viewer.php?art_id=403
Some of my favorites:
Also he has tutorials over at Muddy Colors.
So, after years of visiting possibly the greatest art resource online, Gurney Journey (website of the creator of the gorgeous Dinotopia series, as well as numerous amazing drawing/painting books. Seriously this guy is INCREDIBLE LOOK AT HIS BLOG), I got this amazing poster promoting his latest book, Color and Light.
But I am vary rarely in one place long enough to look at the glorious thing on my wall, so I compiled a digital version.
You can buy his wonderful books here, but as far as I know the poster isn’t available in his store :<
Edit - Higher res. cause Tumblr.
Aaaand now I no longer feel compelled to do one of these. This one’ll do fine. I approve, suit guide.
AK’s Guide to Suits
An introduction to the finer details of menswear, and how to get them right in your… aw, hell, why am I describing it here? Read the intro!
For the second I threw down a bunch of the light grey action lines - like 3 poses at once. And then I went back over them and did the black lines
And when I got to the third line I was like; Is that the leg…or the arm…maybe it’s a head…
Probably 20 mins to half an hour to do these - the part that takes the longest is thinking of a pose.