wk8: Composition Process

Hello Class,

Week 8 we looked at composition through the lens of creating a dynamic balance of light, mid and dark tones across the entire composition with an awareness of separating fore, mid and background within the picture plane. It is expected that students already bring to the class an understanding of basic composition principles such as the Rule of Thirds, creating balance and having a focal point.

Techniques apply equally to cinematography, many great cinematographers started out as painters.

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image from Complete Sketch Paperback by Robert S. Oliver 

Excellent example of the process and planning that we went through in class. For your journals you should have several thumbnail sketches that explore different compositions, including placement, framing, balance and dynamic contrast of tone.  You should also explore mixing approaching and integrating what we have learnt in the first part of the course.

Notice how the details in the foreground and background make for a more interesting image.  Your eye moves through the work taking in details, forming a story of the event.


Wk6: Depth Cues Notes

Hello Class,

Deciding on an overall approach to how you are going to achieve depth in your work is important. It will become an important element of your drawing style.  Here are some of the class notes on depth cues. These would be combined with work we have done on perspective and on composition.

For your final journal submission, you should follow a process such as this one, for your drawings each week.

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We have a tendency to space everything out in a drawing, a person, a tree, a house… It will make for more interesting compositions if you overlap objects in your drawings.

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Remember the T shaped join is one of the most important to look for in your drawings. It will give a sense of depth. That one line is in front of another.


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Summary of depth cues discussed. I would highly recommend this video for an in-depth explanation of these concepts: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bieQn0L9ZaI


Key tips:


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Tips for approaching a structural drawing:

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wk6: Lab Work

Hello class,

Well done in class this week! Work has come a long way from the first week of class.  It was interesting to see all the personal styles starting to develop.

For your journals, work through the process of a planned longer drawing. Have a vision! It may or may not be a still life depending on your theme.  Make sure you work from big areas to small details. Reviewing notes on “shape consciousness” and the video tutorial on planning a still life will help.  Remember one of the biggest considerations when planning a drawing is time.