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Composition

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Transcript of Composition

Content What attract people to a good artwork
Meaning of composition
Rule of third
Golden rule
Rule of odd
Positive and negative space
Lines
Overview Why is it that when we walk into a museum so many people gravitate towards the same images? What is it that many of us find
so sublime about a Caravaggio?  Why do we often feel pulled into the domestic calm of a Vermeer? What is it about the rich and compact images of Frida Khalo that we find so irresistible? How do we know when a painting, a drawing, or a print "works"? While it does not explain entirely the beauty—or the popularity—of any paintings or group of paintings, one of the most important components of paintings and drawings is its COMPOSITION. Definition of composition Composition is the placement or arrangement of elements in a work of art.

The elements must be arranged within a frame which give the most powerful ability to grabs your attention from a distance, and to keep it exploring within the frame for as long as possible.
In comparison, a weak composition is less visually appealing at any range. Edward Weston said it
best: "Composition is the
strongest way of seeing.“ To make a good attractive visual artwork whether it is a painting sketch or photography, its composition needs to speak most strongly to our subconscious.

Composition is all about getting the basic, underlying structure of an image to appeal on the most
elemental level to our subconscious mind. This is
what generates the "Wow!" factor which catches our attention. A good composition tells a story.
Just as with a good novel, a good composition is paced by a storyline.
The storyline starts with the introduction of the thematic
elements that are brought to
a climax. It’s in the “compositional” stage that they determine how the lines will lead to important areas, whether the shapes will be large enough to hold the viewer’s attention, and how the colors will lead the eye off to another part of the work. To have a good
composition you need to
have a focal point which
will draw the viewer eyes to it.
And in order to know where to
place the focal point you will have to know the rules and the elements which will lead the eye towards the point. This technique dates back to the “old masters” of the Renaissance and when apply in a composition it is more pleasing to the eyes. What make a good composition Rule of third The Rule of Thirds is the easiest art composition 
rule to follow in an artwork. It's a popular basic rule which is applicable in any composition(depending on the content) of a sketch, paintings , animation or photography. This rule stems from the theory that the human eye naturally gravitates to intersection points that occur when an image is split into thirds. Rembrandt-windmill The golden rectangle The golden rectangle The nature's Design: The fibonacci numbers and the golden ratio The greek discover this before Fibonacci and they called it PHI { phi and today known as the golden ratio.
Then discover in India by mathematicians and was again introduced to the western by Leonardo of Pisa (AKA FIBONACCINI) Sedate, Alerte and Dynamic lines lines is important in a composition as it direct the viewer's eye travels when looking at a picture.
And it depend on the story to apply the appropriate lines. Positive and Negative space Positive and negative space play an important role in determining the overall composition in a work of art. By understanding positive and negative space and applying your knowledge, you can become more successful in designing your compositions. Rule of odds The "rule of odds" states that by framing the object of interest with an even number of surrounding objects, it becomes more comforting to the eye, thus creates a feeling of ease and pleasure.
The "rule of odds" suggests that an odd number of subjects in an image is more interesting than an even number. Thus if you have more than one subject in your picture, the suggestion is to choose an arrangement with at least three subjects. An even number of subjects produces symmetries in the image, which can appear less natural for a naturalistic, informal composition. The end
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