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Composition
RULES TO LIVE BY
Composition
• The organization of the
elements of art using the
principles of design
#1. Don’t Center
Everything
• Object placed in the
center of the page
is boring.
• A straight line in the
middle of the pa...
#1. Don’t Center Everything
• Off center changes
the feeling of the
picture and adds
interest
• Move the horizon
line up o...
#2. Create Variety
• Objects the same
size and placed
along the same line
are monotonous.
• Varying the
placement and size...
#3 Use The Rule of
Thirds
• Use the rule of thirds
• Use the rule of thirds
• Use the rule of thirds
• Use the rule of thi...
#4 Don’t line up things on
the bottom edge of the
paper• This is what small
children do.
• Put space between the
bottom of...
#5 Don’t Put the Sun
in the Corner of your
Drawing
What’s wrong
with this?
everything is lined up at the
top of the page
the drawing doesn’t use the
entire paper- too much
n...
What’s wrong
with this?
in the corners
the objects don’t relate to
each other again
too much negative space?
no idea of gr...
What’s wrong
with this?
objects relate to each other,
but they are placed right in the
middle with too much negative
space...
What’s wrong
with this?
too crowded?
not enough negative space?
the best of the examples
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Composition rules

  1. 1. Composition RULES TO LIVE BY
  2. 2. Composition • The organization of the elements of art using the principles of design
  3. 3. #1. Don’t Center Everything • Object placed in the center of the page is boring. • A straight line in the middle of the page is boring.
  4. 4. #1. Don’t Center Everything • Off center changes the feeling of the picture and adds interest • Move the horizon line up or down to change the picture
  5. 5. #2. Create Variety • Objects the same size and placed along the same line are monotonous. • Varying the placement and size can break monotony.
  6. 6. #3 Use The Rule of Thirds • Use the rule of thirds • Use the rule of thirds • Use the rule of thirds • Use the rule of thirds • Use the rule of thirds • Use the rule of thirds
  7. 7. #4 Don’t line up things on the bottom edge of the paper• This is what small children do. • Put space between the bottom of the objects and the bottom edge of the paper • Use a horizon line. • Use perspective
  8. 8. #5 Don’t Put the Sun in the Corner of your Drawing
  9. 9. What’s wrong with this? everything is lined up at the top of the page the drawing doesn’t use the entire paper- too much negative space the images don’t really relate to each other realistically just as bad as putting it at the bottom of the paper
  10. 10. What’s wrong with this? in the corners the objects don’t relate to each other again too much negative space? no idea of ground and sky
  11. 11. What’s wrong with this? objects relate to each other, but they are placed right in the middle with too much negative space the negative space shouldn’t just surround the objects no horizon line
  12. 12. What’s wrong with this? too crowded? not enough negative space? the best of the examples

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