Know your Basics - Composition (the manip way)

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The Rule of Thirds is another one of those expressions that you have probably heard before somewhere but aren't quite sure what it means. This article strives to shed some light on this rule as well as on how to use lines and shapes in your compositions to lead the viewer's eye to the important bits. There are some compositional rules and pointers that no artist should go without knowing!

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xShadow-Designsx's avatar
Wow that's an awesome article! I had to fave it! :giggle:
Bragon-the-bat's avatar
I prefer this rule : Be aware of the rule then forget about it or you'll never do anything original.
kuschelirmel's avatar
you need to know the rules to break them. those who are too lazy to get to know their basics will just be doing random stuff and in 9 out of 10 cases, their talent is not enough to save them. Besides, I very much doubt you can only be original if you disregard the rules. just take the examples in the article: they are mostly pretty damn original, but they still use some compositional guidelines (maybe not consciously, but still they do)
Bragon-the-bat's avatar
Don't forget one other thing : these rules may not apply in each and every socio-cultural environments simply because the eye doesn't work in the same way for everyone (even if the "white world" tend to impose his view everywhere).
And you can't follow a rule unconsciously if you don't know it to start with. It'd be a mere coincidence. In the same way, I'm sure you could find tons of perfect compositions by artists aware of the rules but not following them (and certainly the books aren't presenting them because it would be more difficult to impose rules to new comers).
kuschelirmel's avatar
that may all be true (thinking of writing from right to left instead we're used to for example will definitely make your "starting point" different: top right instead of top left corner), but the fact is that the eye is lead by forms no matter which cultural background you posess. To be ignorant of that can't help your art, no matter if you choose to follow the rules (which aren't rules but guidelines anyway and are not meant to be set in stone but to be understood in context, hence my example with the signs) or if you choose not to - it should still be a concious choice for an artist (especially if he or she aspires to make this his or her profession) and not just something you disregard from the start because you think it may not apply everywhere/for you/for this piece of art or whatever. So basically, what I'm saying is that there are no absolutes and I thought I've been making this point in all my articles. If someone chooses to rather stick to a set of rules than to use their brain and heart for art as well, then no article in this world can help them. I work in engineering and in that respect it's very similar to art: you need to know some basics as starting point, but even in scence, there's a million ways to do one thing and some may work while others don't and while this distinction is easily made in engineering, the distinction between what works and what works better is a harder one to make because it may depend on what is best for that one project as opposed to "in general this or that is better". Imo, a good engineer is the one who can make the choice based on the project at hand and in a similar way (not the same, I know, but similar enough) the artist has to decide what to use in that one image and what to disregard :shrug:
Bragon-the-bat's avatar
Amen to that.
I haven't followed your articles, but about the eye, I learn many many years ago how the eye is reading a poster. The way the eye moves has about nothing to do with the content of the picture. But, if the content trigger a variation in this movement, then it's a winner (and that's what makes a succesfull advertising, whatever it's showing, because the essential has been grabbed).
Leppardra's avatar
Bery nice article. I'm not sure I understand all of it, but I got a few of the things you mentioned. :)
kuschelirmel's avatar
:#1: it'll make sense in time :aww:
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