This was a month long course with four 2 hour videos plus a 45 minute bonus video on watercolor techniques for the painting we worked on in class. You can take it at your own pace as I go over everything I know to make a good solid composition in painting, drawing, and even photography! You will be lead through 4 different paintings that encompass the concepts I speak about during each class regarding to the different aspects of composition. Below are the notes from each class so you have an idea of what is covered in this series of videos. It’s by donation, so feel free to pay what you can. Thank you for taking a look!
NOTES for Watercolor composition Course:
Recommended Reading: “Picture This” https://www.mollybang.com/Pages/picture.html
Composition: The way the Principles of Art are used to organize the Elements of Art.
Elements of Art: The ingredients of art
Line, Shape, Color, Texture, Value, Form, Space
Principles of Art/Design: The way we use the ingredients of art
Balance, Emphasis, Variety, Movement, Proportion, Harmony, Unity, (and Pattern which is one that I like too add)
1st Class: Balance/Proportion:
Different size of objects/Proportion
Rule of thirds:
- Divide the canvas/paper evenly into thirds with a grid of 9 rectangles
- There are 4 points of interest where the lines intersect.
- Place the subject on one of those points
Proportion: the size of shapes in relation to other shapes/objects
2nd Class: Emphasis/Contrast
Emphasis: Developing points of visual interest to direct the viewer’s eyes to the most important parts of the composition.
Contrast: Values, Lights + Darks, gradients, shades and tints
Positive/Negative Space = the shapes and the space around those shapes that is left empty or the background of an object
3rd Class: Variety/Movement/Rhythm
Variety: Differences that can provide complexity, variety of values, shapes textures, etc. Makes it more exciting or unique
Pattern: shapes or objects that are either random, or have a repeating shape
Movement: Implied or Real, adds excitement to an image. It’s a way of recording and showing action. Giving direction to move the viewer’s eye through the work.
Rhythm: A type of movement, repetition, or pattern of shapes, colors, values, lines… Similar to what Rhythm is to music
4th Class: Harmony/Unity
Harmony: Similar elements, uncomplicated
Unity: Oneness – all parts of the composition relate to each other. Creates strength in a picture