Compositional Techniques

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Tips on how to break down the picture plane when composing a picture.

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Compositional Techniques

  1. 1. Compositional Techniques
  2. 2. A strong composition makes great art!
  3. 3. The artist guides your eye without you knowing it through Implied Lines .
  4. 4. Choosing a Picture Plane. Low Horizon Line with a Strong Vertical High Horizon Line with a Strong Vertical Classic Triangle
  5. 5. The main emphasis is on the low horizon line with a strong vertical. Pieter Breugel the Elder. Hunters in the Snow . (1565)
  6. 6. The main emphasis is on the low horizon line with a strong vertical. Pieter Breugel the Elder. Hunters in the Snow . (1565)
  7. 7. The main emphasis is on the high horizon line with a strong vertical. Ramon Casas. Portrait of Eric Satie . (1891)
  8. 8. The main emphasis is on the high horizon line with a strong vertical. Ramon Casas. Portrait of Eric Satie . (1891)
  9. 9. The main emphasis is made by diagonal lines that create a triangle. Pablo Picasso. Guernica . (1937)
  10. 10. The main emphasis is made by diagonal lines that create a triangle. Pablo Picasso. Guernica . (1937)
  11. 11. But once you know the rules, you can break them with confidence. Pablo Picasso. Three Musicians . (1921)

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