KEYS TO GOOD COMPOSITION
all of which can be rearranged, edited, added to,or ignored all together
|Rule of Thirds - Focal Point
2. Draw your borders and pick a focal spot. Don't pick the dead middle. Using the rule of thirds, you can split the piece into thirds, horizontally and vertically and place the focal point on one of the intersections.
|Balance the Elements
3. Draw your main shapes (figurative or abstracted) but make sure they are varied in shape, scale and the space between them are all different. Also, an odd number of elements is always more pleasing to the human eye than an even - so think 3 - 5 - 7
4. Create balance in the piece - the elements should be scatter throughout the piece with the main focus balanced by lesser elements
5. Lead the eye into the work using diagonals and curves that engage the edge of the piece - Use the power of line effectively!
6. A sense of depth is created by overlapping your pieces and using scale to create the right sense of perspective
7. Avoid symmetry - make sure there is enough "differentness" to create tension
8. Edit out clutter - highlighting the essential - give quiet space in the piece
|Edit! Edit! Edit!
I just want to add that I wrote this post to help me as much as it is to help you! Its much easier to critique a sketch if you have a list of what to look for in front of you. Not to mention taking an hour out of the week looking at well composed photos!!
So What Have you been up to creatively?