Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Red Jazz and Composition

"red jazz" sketch 3.75x5.75 in.

   "red jazz" final painting. 3x4 ft.

This is one of the more recent paintings that I finished for my good friend Matt Mcginnis. I started this piece about a year ago and applied several layers of compositions. This is the final one.

Solving the composition problem in this piece was my main concern. I had learned from a friend attending Art Center College of Design that a little trick to creating a successful composition was to fit your main subjects into a triangle. As you can see, the whole band is fitted into a single triangle shape. I'm not quite sure why this works, but if you take a look at some of the greatest works from old masters like Da Vinci all the way down to contemporary illustrators like James Jean, a lot of their work consists of triangular compositions. Try it! Photography, Illustration, Fine Art, etc., this composition rule works.