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Art Fundamentals - Chapter 1

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This image uses radial power lines converging to one point, which makes the image menacing and intimidating (Fig.11). For storytelling purposes I brought in a circle shape, which becomes the second read and contrasts the hard edges of the huge structure in the background.

Fig. 11

These are a few of the rules of composition. Don't be afraid to change them. For me, composition is something very organic and with practice it becomes more intuitive. As a self-taught artist I use my intuition and natural observations, and bring them into my work. I start my images with basic principles like having my image framed, having objects point at my focal point and using contrast for the payoffs, and along the way I gather a few more tricks and methods that make me want to explore composition beyond the usual rules. I'm not a good rule follower so, at the moment, I'm trying to give my compositions a continuous flow, and lead the eye throughout the image, in a guided tour if you wish, to discover light, color, details, action and loads of personal elements that I put into my images (Fig.12 ? 13).

Fig. 12


I hope you have enjoyed reading this.

To see more by Ioan Dumitrescu, check out Digital Art Masters: Volume 9
Digital Art Masters: Volume 8
Digital Art Masters: Volume 7
Digital Painting Techniques: Volume 4
Beginner's Guide to Digital Painting in Photoshop
and Prime - The Definitive Digital Art Collection

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Rocku on Sat, 12 July 2014 3:44am
Exelente. Muchas gracias.
Ademir Silva Gomes on Tue, 10 June 2014 5:01pm
Good tips, will help a lot in my paintings from now on. Thanks for sharing.
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