The Elements of Composition for Illustrators

The Elements of Composition for Illustrators

Understanding how to arrange the elements of a composition is critical to a successful final piece. Like the skeleton of a creature, composition is the foundation on which everything else rests.

This course will help to clarify best practices for developing any artistic or illustrated composition. Shaping the elements; marrying concept to composition; engaging the editing eye; achieving balance, unity, directional movement, and perspective; and exploring point of view and focal points are all topics covered in these lessons. Author (and professional artist) Mary Jane Begin also explores the major and minor pitfalls of a weak composition and explains the six compositional rules that lead to the best end results! See the steps in action in the final chapter, where Mary Jane designs a concept for

Then share what you've learned with the community. Take the three challenges Mary Jane issues in the course and post your results to Facebook and Twitter, using the hashtag #learnatlynda. We can't wait to see your illustrations!

Topics include:

  • Directing with lines
  • Designing the negative space
  • Creating a consistency of style
  • Adding movement with dynamic diagonals, edges, and contrast
  • Creating depth of field with perspective
  • Using—and breaking—the rules
  • Choosing a size and medium for artwork


  • 英文名称:The Elements of Composition for Illustrators
  • 时长:2小时2分
  • 字幕:英语


  1. Welcome
  2. Getting the most out of this course
  3. Understanding concept and composition
  4. Editing and revising your work
  5. Framing your field of view
  6. A look back to influential illustrators
  7. Creating visual balance in an image
  8. Seeing in shape
  9. Designing the negative space
  10. Directing with lines
  11. Using borders, bleeds, and boxes
  12. Understanding color, texture, and proportion
  13. Patterns, clusters, and rhythm
  14. Composing with text
  15. Challenge: Incorporating text into your illustrations
  16. Solution: Text illustration
  17. Bringing it all together
  18. Using a limited palette in composition
  19. Consistency of style
  20. Unifying light
  21. Combining message and medium
  22. Challenge: Eight apple illustrations
  23. Solution: Apple illustrations
  24. Motion in pictures: The active composition
  25. Dynamic diagonals
  26. Illustrating storyboards
  27. Tracking the viewer's gaze
  28. Contrast and edges
  29. What is your focal point?
  30. Understanding point of view
  31. Creating depth with perspective
  32. Avoiding common pitfalls
  33. Challenge: Point of view
  34. Solution: Point of view
  35. Does size matter?
  36. Style and substance
  37. The six rules of composition
  38. Shaping the composition
  39. Picking the appropriate colors
  40. Establishing value and contrast
  41. Finalizing the color and composition