Sunday, November 16, 2008

FAC: Composition

I've been putting a lot of time into a talk I'm putting together for the trainees at work, but when I'm done working on that I'll write some new posts. For now I wanted to re-post these: the chapter on Composition in my Famous Artists Course book has a lot of great little compositional tidbits in the margins and I scanned them all and put them on these three pages.

All of these things are pretty basic and obvious, I suppose, but that's what makes them easy to forget, I find. I put these on an 8 1/2 by 11 template so that, if you want, you can print them out and tack them up wherever you want. Hopefully, looking at them can provide a great bit of inspiration whenever you get stuck.





Composition is a difficult subject to become an expert in, but there's not a whole lot more than this to it - you just have to have the discipline to keep working at a drawing until everything is presented clearly and in an attractive way. Hopefully these handouts will help you in finding your way as much as they've helped me!

12 comments:

pumml said...

What a great idea, combining all these lessons in one spot. Your effort is much appreciated, Mark!

David Cousens said...

I'd havbe loved to have just one teacher that was even half as good as you at art school Mark. It's very important to remember the simple things. Thanks for sharing.

idle. said...

Thanks for sharing, Mark. I really value these FAC handouts a lot.

Vivian said...

Mark, I don't think I've commented before, but I absolutely love your blog. Thank you for sharing your insights with us!

You (and others) might be interested in looking at "The Power of the Center: A Study of Composition in the Visual Arts" by Rudolf Arnheim. It is a wonderful book on composition.

Tangerine said...

Thanks! This is actually some very good reminders in relationship to photography as well!

maevey said...

These pages are really useful. Thanks! Mx

Vince Gorman said...

Thanks for these! I'm printing them out and putting them on display at my desk immediately.

Louise Smythe said...

You posted this with perfect timing! I have been trying to improve my composition lately and this is incredibly helpful. I was reading through all of the sheets and printing them out and tacking them up and everything. Thank you.

MisterZoobadoo said...

Mark,

awesome blog as always. Its an inspiration to us all. keep it coming. I hang on every word.

The Patchwork Rabbit said...

I can't tell you how helpful these have been for me. Thank you so much for going to all the trouble!

The Patchwork Rabbit said...

I can't tell you how helpful these posts have been. Thanks so much for going to all the trouble!

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