What Makes a Good Composition?

For some students arranging a good composition comes naturally, they just seem to know what looks right.  Some however find composition a bit of a mystery and struggle to capture an arresting arrangement and therefore piece of art. I offer a few tips to help you find the perfect composition.

Take The Time

Many of us don’t spend much time thinking about how we look at a subject, if it is in front of us we draw or paint it.  Often we forget that we have choices around the viewpoint (near, far, above or below), angles, and the arrangement of the objects themselves.

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What is Composition?

Composition means combining various elements of a drawing or painting into a satisfactory whole.  A good composition will hold the viewers interest and will encourage the viewer to look around the piece and notice all the details after the initial impact.  So what makes a good composition?

There is a theory called the ‘Rule of Thirds’ which I have explained in another post What is the Rule of Thirds?.  This idea is that subjects should be placed in one of the thirds of the piece to create interest.  Subjects in the middle of an artwork are thought to be less interesting.

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