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This may sound like a weird question to you guys, but when is a good time to learn composition in drawing? Is it when you've learned line, form, shape, and tone, or is there more to learn before moving on? Also, are there any good places to learn composition?
Note: I have posted this in the Fine Arts forum, but I doubt it went through. If it did I apologize for the double-post.
Last edited by Shaggnasty; April 8th, 2012 at 01:42 AM.
When just starting out I'd just simply focus on where the eye goes. Follow the direction of the shapes and see where they end up. If it leads you off the page it's usually not a good thing. You want people to travel the piece gathering all the info you want them to. Draw them in.
There's all sorts of ways to lead the eye, with shapes, subject matter like someone pointing or shouting at someone, color and contrast, all sorts of fun stuff.
Composition is one of the few things I say just have fun with personally instead of trying to get bogged down with some sort of rules you have to follow strictly. Just keep practicing and think when your doing it how the shapes are leading the eye and what you should add or change to shift that flow.
Comics is a good way to get into composition. That's all about leading the viewer through the pages, with text, panel layout everything. Not just the drawing.
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Composition should never not be a part of what you are doing. If you get in the habit early of composing pictures rather than simply drawing things you will it will become a natural part of your picture making rather than something you try to force your picture into in the end.
Composition is not seperate from the making of any image, be it a study of a hand, a portrait, a boat, a landscape or a battle between a handful of warriors and a thousand Orcs.
Last edited by Chris Bennett; April 9th, 2012 at 06:08 AM.
From Gegarin's point of view
Composition is arranging elements in a piece of work..
just like making a design of a house for living..
There is a best place for everything...
and if you know composition,
you don't have to compose consciously..
Everything falls into the place where it should be..
according to your taste, of course.