Yesterday I had another super informative and useful workshop from illustrator Bridie Cheeseman! After her tonal workshop massively helped my imagery, I was really keen to hear her techniques on composition.
The workshop focussed on the use of the design and placement of elements in an image over techniques of 'guiding the viewer' using tone and interaction, etc. We discussed using design to add opportunity, pleasing aesthetic, and how it can influence and inform the structural stability in an image.
We spent time working on our own current project work around tasks to inform these ideas. Such as how negative and positive space can be used to impact one another; observing the building block shapes of subjects and placing them in a pleasing formation; and how the structural lines (of opposition and transition) can impact a drawing and give stability when used. Ideas of mirroring and repetition within and image were also shown, and how connections of lines can bring focus to an area. Finally, we learnt a method to build our own 'informal subdivision' method to the Golden Ratio, to help structure and stabilise elements and subjects.
These exercises were really useful to help bring focus to an area of interest, consider the angle of a composition, and how and where elements are placed alongside each other.