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As a young child, visual harmony and composition comes naturally. Children seem to start out with a near perfect sense of composition if you have small children or are lucky enough to have any of your old drawings you created as a child I’m sure you’ll find the same to be true. Younger children see the edges of the paper as a whole frame to fill, and they often fill them with a great sense of balance. 9 or 10, that’s where the drawing problems start. If you can draw a crumpled can of Coke realistically you are king of the art room. The simplest way to start Once you have diverted from the path of composition in childhood it is hard to get it back, and you will have a natural tendency to place objects in the centre of a piece, this is due to the strong symbol systems formed in childhood.
Lowry embraced this simplistic quality resulting in his paintings looking childlike. It is not only through the handling of the paint, but the composition of his painting where everything is biased towards the centre. If you want to make the jump towards a more sophisticated composition there are a few things to consider. Choosing a format, square or rectangle A format is just another word for shape, and this comes down to personal preference. The rectangular format: this is an absolute classic and extremely flexible format. The square format: This can work extremely well or very badly. You very rarely see a square old master painting.
This is because it is harder to balance a painting that has lots of elements within, for example, a collection of figures in a landscape within a square format. It can look awkward very easily. However, using a square format for a more contemporary subject, an abstract or a minimalist seascape, can be very effective. Make sure the shapes, spaces and gaps between objects are all different. Composition can be confusing and hard to pin down, you don’t really notice good composition in a painting it is just there, which is why it is one of my 7 principles of painting . The dictionary definition above doesn’t necessarily help us. If colour mixing is about relationships, the warm to the cool, the bright to the muted then composition is about variety- busy to calm, large and small.
Don’t make any two things the same. This seems very straightforward, and it is. It is just a simple way of analyzing your initial set up. Is this method true for all paintings? No, but the more you look, the more you will notice this to be true.
The rule of thirds What is the Rule of Thirds? The rule of thirds is very commonplace in photography. It instantly helps to add tension, balance and interest to your photograph but applies equally to the composition in painting. Divide your page horizontally into 3. Align areas of focus at the intersection between the lines. Pro tip: If you have a mac, iphoto does all the work for you. It can change the size and the rule of third lines are already on the screen for you.
Your digital camera probably has a viewfinder function built in, often called grid. A Brief History The rule of thirds was first written down by John Thomas Smith in 1797. If we analyze the quote below by Sir Joshua Reynolds we can see how both these points are touched upon. And to give the utmost force and solidity to your work, some part of the picture should be as light, and some as dark as possible : These two extremes are then to be harmonized and reconciled to each other. The golden mean Classical paintings had a very scientific and structured approach, with lots of confusing things like root rectangles and golden means. I will address in a future post. This article has helped a tremendous amount.
I’ve always understood the principles of composition but to read it as you have described has given me a much greater understanding. I actually got a pen and paper and made notes! Is there a mailing list to be notified of any new articles on this site? Hi Jay, Glad you’re enjoying the articles.
You can sign up to the RSS feed in the top right of the page and will be adding an autoresponder in the next few weeks. I tend to put on a new post every Thursday of Friday. I’m so glad I signed up! Kind of your to say so, yes, the hidden rules of composition are fascinating, especially in Old Master paintings there was often a very precise system to the compositional elements of the piece. S Thanks for signing up to the drawing course, looking forward to helping you discover more about the principles of drawing. I have enjoying reading the art lessons they are so easy to follow.