your compositions are really fun and dynamic is there anything you do in your process that helps you come up with them?
Well, I’m working on a piece right now that’s got a lot going on in it composition-wise. I’m by no means an expert on this sort of thing, and the fast answer is that I move things around till they look good! This is a sample of my super rough compositional under-drawing/sketch. A few things I try to keep in mind are: Avoid a lot of boring parallel lines. Take advantage of not just the x & y axis but also use z to create a little depth and make the foreground middle ground and background separate. Frame the piece in by directing the eye toward the important parts of the piece and not off the page. Try to take advantage of the real estate on your page but don’t clutter it up. Design the page overall first and then think about details (I have no idea what these people really look like yet. No costume details etc). Don’t make too many same-size things (it stagnates your composition). Don’t be afraid to crop things and do it in interesting ways. Do lots of thumbnail sketches. Don’t get too precious about certain areas of your drawing. Be willing to change it completely until it looks right to you. Draw a whole bunch all the time until you get it. It clicks eventually. I think good composition is one of the hardest bits. Once mine got a little better and I stopped doing puppet show looking stuff my work improved a ton.
Hope this was a little helpful! I don’t usually write a bunch of silly notes on my sketches. They’re just there to show you how I’m thinking about the diagonal lines and sizes of stuff in the piece so far!
Thank You Assistants and Interns of the Recent Past!
Thought I’d take a moment to thank all of my great studio assistants, and interns of the past year or two! They’re all students I’ve had in class at M.I.C.A. here in Baltimore, and all around incredibly fun and talented people! Here is a peep at their work:
Babs is currently living in San Francisco and working as a games artist and freelance illustrator! She was once upon a time a student of mine, a teaching assistant, and a collaborator (more exciting things to come in the way of us doing cool collabs soon)! You can see more of her awesome work here:
Jimmy Malone was a teaching assistant for me in Lifestyle Illustration class and worked with me on a few projects too! He’s currently living in Baltimore MD and available for freelance work! His fine site here:
Thanks you guys! You’ve been amazing to work with! There are some other cool folks I’ve worked with as teaching assistants and all kinds of other stuff! Thanks to anyone not mentioned here! I’ll hit you up in a sweet pre-summer roundup :)