How to make Better Compositions: Take your art to new height
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How to make Better Compositions: Take your art to new height

A detailed guide to various aspects of creating compelling compositions in visual art
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Created by Mandar Marathe
Last updated 8/2016
English
Price: $30
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Includes:
  • 32 mins on-demand video
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • Create better compositions
  • Avoid common mistakes in composing a drawing or painting
  • Understand the importance of thumbnail sketches
  • Learn a sure fire way to create compelling compositions
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Requirements
  • Just some curiosity is enough!
Description

In simple words, composition is the arrangement of shapes in the picture. It is one of the most elusive and neglected aspects in art but is one of the most crucial ingredients of every good work of artwork.

This artwork could be a drawing, painting, illustration, graphic design or a photograph. In this class we'll go through 

  • Conventions in composition
  • Armatures that hold the shapes in the painting together
  • Common mistakes in composition
  • Orchestration of eye movement using composition
  • Framing and cropping vast scenes into effective compositions
  • Importance of thumbnail sketches in developing compositions

If you are interested in drawing, painting, illustration, design or photography, this class will give you lot of useful information, but even if you are just curious about what composition is and how it helps in creating better artworks, this class will help you understand that.

So, I invite you to enroll in this class and take you art to higher level of mastery. See you in the class!

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Tags: art, fine art, illustration, digital illustration,drawing, painting, graphic design, creativity, photography, landscape, still life, oil painting, plein air painting, acrylic painting, watercolor painting

Who is the target audience?
  • Fine artists
  • Illustrators
  • Graphic artists
  • Designers
  • Photographers
  • Anyone curious about how composition works
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Curriculum For This Course
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8 Lectures 32:27

This lecture gives an overview of things that we cover in the course. It also says that this course will be useful for fine artists, graphic designers, illustrators, photographers and all others who are curious about composition.

Preview 02:08

Here we go through few definitions about color and also talk about identifying abstract shapes in the scene to create thumbnails.

Definitions And Abstract Shapes
04:30

In this class we talk in detail about the common armatures for solid composition and the common mistakes that need to be avoided for good composition.

Armatures And Common Mistakes
07:37

Here we talk about how to orchestrate the viewer's eye movement the way we as an artist want it to go and how to bring the attention to the focal area.

Preview 05:11

This lecture explains what viewfinders are and how they are used for composing good art.

Preview 01:30

Here we learn how framing and cropping a scene is necessary to create good compositions.

Framing And Cropping
07:55

Here I tell you about rule of thirds and golden ratio.

Preview 01:46

This lecture summarizes all that we have learnt in this course.

Summary of Composition class
01:50
About the Instructor
Mandar Marathe
4.2 Average rating
40 Reviews
307 Students
10 Courses
Fine Artist, Sculptor, Illustrator, Designer and Engineer

I am a Fine Artist, Sculptor, Illustrator, Designer and Engineer based at Pune, India. I do paintings, sculptures, illustrations and conduct art workshops.

Till now, I have had 12 shows of my paintings and taught about 1000+ students in my art workshops (drawing & sketching, acrylic & oil painting and Ganapati idol making / clay modelling)

I have been doing painting and clay modelling since last 30 years and have been teaching it since last 6 years. In addition to my in-studio workshops, I create online courses through which I can teach people anywhere in the world.

Exhibitions:

2013 • 16th Jan to 23rd Jan 2013: Three artists' show titled “Trilogy II" held at “Darpan Art Gallery", Pune.

2011 • 11th to 20th Dec 2011: Solo show held at Grubshup restaurant, Pune.
• 28th September to 4th October 2011: Three artists' show titled “Trilogy" held at “Darpan Art Gallery", Pune.
2010 • 30th May to 12th June 2010: “Artfest 2010 – Summer", a group show by Indiaart at Empress Garden and Balgadharwa Art Gallery, Pune.
2009 • 4th to 10th June 2009: Solo exhibition held at Indiaart Gallery, Pune. This exhibition featured 41 Oil and acrylic color paintings.
2007 • April 2007: 3 day workshop held by Art2Day gallery at Harne near Dapoli and group show held at the Art2Day gallery in Pune.
• 29th July to 4th August 2007: Participated in “Affordable Art" group show held at Indiaart gallery, Pune.
2005 • March 2005: Participated in a group show held by Anantrang Art Foundation at Balgadharwa Art Gallery, Pune.
2003 • Participated in a group show held by Indian Maritime Association at Balgadharwa Art Gallery, Pune.
1999 • 15th to 17th May 1999: Solo exhibition held at Siemens Ltd., Goa. This exhibition featured 21 Oil and water color paintings.
• 17th November to 7th December 1999: Solo exhibition held at “Galeria de Bellas Artes" at Calangute, Goa.

Workshops conducted:

Eco friendly Ganapati idol making workshops

42 batches in my studio from 2011 – 2015 period
11 batches conducted in IT companies and schools in Pune and Mumbai

Clay modeling workshops
6 batches conducted in my studio

Portrait sculpture workshop
1 batch conducted in my studio under guidance of my Guru, Mr. C. G. Joshi

Drawing and Sketching workshops
2 batches conducted in two IT companies

Acrylic painting workshops
3 batches conducted in my studio

Oil painting Workshops
4 batches conducted in my studio

Corporate Collections of my paintings:
1. Siemens Ltd, Goa
2. L & T Infotech Ltd, Pune
3. Infosys BPO Ltd, Pune

Private Collections of my paintings:
1. Mrs. & Mr. Sitzmann, Greece
2. Mr. Simon, Nigeria
3. Mrs. & Mr. Nielsen, USA
4. Ms. Godbole, Pune
5. Mrs. & Mr. Phadke, Pune
6. Mrs. & Mr. Umarani, Pune
7. Mrs. & Mr. Joshi, Pune
8. Mrs. and Mr. Pethkar, Pune
9. Mr. Kudal, Pune
10. Dr. Prayag, Pune
11. Mr. Desai, UK