What is composition?
The selection and arrangement of elements within the picture space so that they communicate the artists idea clearly and effectively
What can good composition achieve?
A well composed picture will give the viewer a satisfied sense of order and beauty
What are the four main elements of composition?
Picture area, Depth, Line and Value
What is the first thing to do when thinking about composition?
Reduce objects to their simplest form and try a variety of compositions before deciding on a final one
What is the difference between sketching and making artwork?
Sketching should be broad and flexible, it is the artists way of thinking on paper!
"When looking at composition, don't think about the artwork, rather consider the arrangement and relationship of visual information"
5 Compositional sketches, same 3 elements (figure, object, landscape), A7 frame
Choose one that has most potential and enlarge to A5
Landscape: Coral Reef
|Composition 2 - Emphasis on the coral reef, this takes up most of the picture frame and covers the foreground. Diver is only a silhouette and looks further away whilst the fish is hidden amongst the coral.|
|Compostion 3 - Emphasis on the coral reef as it is in the foreground. Tried to add depth by making the diver a silhouette and therefore making him look further away. Don't think this is an overly strong composition, things seem to centred.|
|Composition 5 - Emphasis on the diver (I think). Stuck to an A7 frame but blocked out the edges to create the illusion of looking through a divers mask, the coral reef would be the first thing seen and then the fish hidden amongst the corals.|