PART TWO - COMPOSITION CHECK!..PART TWO - COMPOSITION CHECK...12. Consider the Golden Mean in your composition start, it is a reliable guideline thatsuits most artists' sense of organization. However, the golden mean is notvery dynamic.13. Have you chosen the proper canvas size to accommodate your composition? Thepicture plane will lead the eye. In fact, when you do your thumbnails, try drawing the objects first and then ruling in your canvas borders around them afterwards.14. Negative space/positive space,,,it doesn't really matter if you are aware, because each affects the other. But emphasis is placed on negative space because it is a kind of "double check", since people tend to just drop their objects in a composition THINKING they are creating organization.15. Where you place your objects mean absolutely nothing if you don't organize your values. VALUES make the world real. Values allow you to "read" the world. Without values, everyone would walk around in a fog and get run over by cars drive
PART ONE - Composition check!PART ONE -Composition check list, by the members of Wet Canvas (that’s me)! Print it out if you want and keep it handy!A check-list is simply that - a check-list. A tool to jog your memory, or to use when you want to assess your work. A checklist should not include volumes of "how to" items, but merely reminders.If something on this check-list does not mean anything to you, then you owe it to yourself to find out more about it, and there are masses of good books one can spend hours browsing in order to educate yourself.Things to look for; the do’s or don’t do’s.1. Look that all objects are similarly shaped or that they follow a theme.2. Check that objects do not "kiss"3. Are your Value’s pleasing and add to the work rather than distract.4. "BE AWARE of the negative shapes". It is easy enough to be aware of your positive shapes - the hill, the tree, the bowl, the jug - but all too often, people forget that the negative shapes - the
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1An Excerpt from Jackie Simmonds (Well renown pastel painter)– Painting Shadows – Part 1Web site: http://jackiesimmonds.co.uk1. Shadows can define formA cast shadow will describe the form of the surface upon which it falls. For example a shadow of a tree falling across a bumpy piece of ground will curve up and over the bumps, describing the surface of the ground. Also, a shadow can describe the shape of an object, in the way it wraps itself around something curved for instance, or describes its planes and angles. An apple or a ball will have a soft shadow on one side. A box, with light shining on one side of it, will have, perhaps, a top plane which is illuminated, and maybe a side plane, but the other sides will be in shadow.2. Shadows can anchor objectsA shadow on the ground, or on a table-top, will anchor objects solidly to that surface.3. Shadows can be used as a compositional deviceA painting can be organised into areas of light and dark by using shadow shapes q
PHOTO versus IMAGE manipulation difference...THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN A PHOTO MANIPULATION, AND AN IMAGE MANIPULATION!Here are a couple of guidelines to remember...IMAGE manipulation is basically; just restoring the colour of an underexposed photograph, cropping the right way, or by changing the mood of an image...to enhance the effects in general.PHOTO manipulation is often much more explicit than subtle alterations to color balance or contrast and may involve overlaying a head onto a different body or changing a sign's text, for example. Image editing software can be used to apply effects and warp an image until the desired result is achieved. The resulting image may have little or no resemblance to the photo (or photos in the case of compositing) from which it originated. So, it is a compilation of several images that are manipulated into one photo, that tricks the eye into thinking that it was always one photo...a deceit if you will.