Monday, December 17, 2012

Crush the Composition in Comic Books and Graphic Novels


Composition is ultimately putting together lines, masses and colors to create harmony.

These are the methods of creating harmony and all are dependent on the principles of proportion and good spacing.

1. Opposition. Two lines meet to form a simple and extreme harmony.

2. Transition. Only a third line needs to be added to two lines which softens the opposition and an effect of unity is created. Radiating lines produce transition also.

3. Subordination. A complete grouping is formed with secondary objects attached to or related to a single dominating object.

Principal and subordinate are made in three ways:

a. Group around an axis, e.g. as leaf relates to stem or branches to tree trunk.

b. Radiating as in flowers and vault ribs.

c. By size, as in a group of mountain peaks ands tree clusters.

4. Repetition. Create objects again and again in a rhythmic order. with equal or unequal intervals.

5. Symmetry. Place two equal lines or objects in exact balance.



Once again there is much more to be studied on this subject and this is only an introduction.

Next… more on Composition.



to be continued…

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