Today I gave my students a quick presentation on some of the basic considerations for composition, which I am now sharing with you! I’ve given them separate talks about color and tonal value/contrast, which are also super important compositional concerns. (I’ll be sharing those presentations too once I properly format them)
I personally love learning about different compositional techniques. It’s fun to think about the ways that the brain views & sorts images, and how we can trick it into feeling a certain way or looking at certain aspects of an image first! It’s easy to fall into compositional ruts (which I am also guilty of) because a lot of art gets by with mediocre, though serviceable, compositions. If you can generally understand what’s happening in an image then it’s generally fine. However, it’s the truly great compositions, where everything in the whole image has been considered and ‘clicks’ together, that bump up an illustration to a visual slam dunk. NC Wyeth is one of my favorite artists for this reason: his compositions are rock solid, varied based on the image’s intent, and always enhance the mood or action he is depicting.
For extra reading, some online compositional resources that I’ve found helpful or interesting include:
Creative Illustration by Andrew Loomis (download it for FREE. Such a great book all-around.)
Gurney Journey (check out the “Composition” tag, but really everything he posts is great)
The Schweitzer guide to spotting tangents
Cinemosaic (a blog by Lou Romano with some truly WONDERFUL compositions captured from various films)
Where to Put the Cow by Anita Griffin
it’s true that using keyboard shortcuts saves a lot of time while cging. the one you are asking for is the colour picker - just hold alt and (left)click on the picture to pick the colour from that point. it works great with the brush, paint bucket and gradient fill tools. the good thing is that the moment you let go of the alt key you go straight back to the tool you were using^^
other shortcuts that i use a whole lot are: b for brush, e for eraser, d for default foreground and background colour (black and white), x for switching foreground and background colour, ctrl+e for merging down layers, ctrl+a for selecting the whole area, ctrl+d for deselecting, ctrl+shift+i for selection inverse and numbers for quick changing of brush opacity. i use more but those are basic for me. i also changed the settings so that i have step back under ctrl+z, step forward under ctrl+x and liquify filter (useful for small changes) under ctrl+alt+z. you can change yours in the edit -> keyboard shortcuts menu. i tend to refrain from making too many changes though as it is always good to know the defaults in case you end up working on somebody else’s computer^^
if you need more uncle google is your friend! just search for ‘photoshop keyboard shortcuts’ - there is a lot of nice sets of the most useful commands. a couple of examples from the first page:
First off, I am so glad to hear that more people want to try to diversify the body shapes in their drawings! People are absolutely my favorite thing in the world to draw and look at, and nothing is more interesting to me than the endlessly different ways people are put together. I’m really…
well then count me as lame too…HOW DO YOU DO THESE MAGIC THINGS?!
Window>Arrange>New Window for (document name)
This probably would be super useful for painting. Imma try that out later hehe
I can apply it to other things like TREES, SPIKEY THINGS, FUR, FEATHERS, EXPLOSIONS
THIS CHANGES EVERYTHING
omg that lighter color thing
I never got it
mind = blown
I NEVER KNEW THE LIGHTER COLOR PART
OH MY GODDD
Ty Carter Art-Thoughts on Color, Part 1 & 2; Design, Color and “Value” an Idea.
Thanks! Here are a few demos I’ve posted on workflow, color, values, composition, and story. To see the full text and details along with other tutorials/demos, visit tycarter.com
Feel free to share with your friends or download for personal use! There are many ways to paint and these are my humble thoughts. I hope you enjoy!
Megapixels -> print size reference chart
Each colored box represents a certain number of megapixels. The numbers along the top and left side are print dimensions in inches at 300ppi (pixels per inch). Most books and magazines require 300ppi for photo quality. For example, the chart shows that you can make a 5” x 7” photo quality print from a 3 megapixel camera. […]
Notice that as the print size doubles, the megapixels required increases geometrically. You can make nice 8” x 10” prints with a 6 or 8 megapixel camera, but to make a true photo quality 16” x 20” print, you need between 24 and 30 megapixels. Don’t be fooled by manufacturers’ claims that say you can make 16” x 20” prints from an 8 megapixel camera. While you certainly can make a print that size, it will not be true photo quality.
Learn more: http://www.design215.com/toolbox/megapixels.php
A guide to Suits
More of the same!
I have begun working on a new tutorial; once all of drawing the head has been posted, the next tutorial will be on drawing hands.