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UPDATE: I was always skeptical of the rule of thirds/golden ratio, but in this post James Gurney explains a bit about why, and how the eye actually moves. The main thing I neglected to mention in this tutorial is that the eye is scanning for information. All of these compositional things are ways to make the right information more obvious to find at the right times.
UPDATE 2: Wow, thanks so much for the DD! I didn't realise what a big difference it can make. You guys are what inspire me to make tutorials, so if there's anything else you found a little mysterious about art, don't hesitate to suggest it!
Feng Zhu's FZDSchool tutorials on YouTube
"In this place..." ConceptArt thread
Bill Tiller's How to Draw Monkeys the Lucas Arts Way
Feng Zhu videos
- Make subject bigger
- Atmospheric perspective
Great tutorials on composition:
- Matt Laskowski's Perspective & Composition
- Johannes Vloothuis's Landscape Composition Rules
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I found great books on composition by Evgeny Stasenko. It is possible that this is the only real theory of composition.
There is just nothing of that stuff like "rule of thirds", "golden triangles", "Fibonacci spirals", "golden ratio". A very clear system that is easy to use in practice. There are two books on Amazon: "Composition of a Picture: Theory and Exercises" and "Composition in Photography: A New Approach". Highly recomend!
Our eyes are hardwired to prefer a single focal point, with one or two duller points for context. They process art the same way your brain might process a joke.
1) "Moving out of frame" is like a "knock-knock" setup with no punchline. Where's the car going?
2) "Not enough to hold attention" is the opposite, a punchline with no "knock-knock."
3) "Don't know what to look at" is "knock-knock," then a comment on the weather, then a long story about my childhood, then the punchline.
4) "Looks at the wrong part" is "knock-knock," then news that you have an incurable illness, then the punchline.
In each example, you either feel unsatisfied, get distracted, or focus on something that was unintentional -- and artists usually don't want viewers feeling that way.