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Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Crush the Composition

Composition Déjà vu

I started composition and interrupted myself with perspective. So I'm going to do this again, which is good because I want to present it differently. So let's begin.

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

Line design and drawings are created with your tool of choice. Not much can be done until lines are arranged in a space.
Masses are created with light and dark spaces.
Color, in this case, is about the quality of the light.

The following 5 principles are the methods of creating harmony and all are dependent on the principles of proportion and good spacing. Spacing is the foundation of composition.

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… What composition is NOT!

to be continued…

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