Art School Boot Camp I: Drawing Compelling Compositions

Christine Nishiyama, Illustrator/Writer at Might Could Studios

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12 Videos (21m)
    • Class Trailer

    • What is Composition?

    • Project Assignment

    • Elements of Design

    • Principles of Design

    • Rule of Thirds

    • Rule of Odds

    • Lines and Shapes

    • Rhythm and Repetition

    • Cropping and Overlapping

    • Viewpoint

    • Wrapping Up!


About This Class

Welcome the first session of Art School Boot Camp! I’m Christine Fleming, illustrator at Might Could Studios. Attending art school easily costs more than $50,000 in tuition alone. Most people can’t afford it. This Skillshare course series aims to target students who have the passion for art and want to learn the essential knowledge gleaned from art school. In this series, I’m going to take you through the fundamental concepts learned in art and design school, from composition to color to gestures.


This first 30-minute session of boot camp focuses on composition. Composition is the arrangement of elements in a piece of artwork. Composition is possibly the most vital aspect of what makes an piece of work strong or weak, so we’re going to go over all the basics they teach in Art School!

First, I’ll introduce the basic design elements and the basic design principles. Then, I’ll  show you six different techniques to consider when building a composition, including examples from cinematography of how each technique can be applied to a composition.


Your assignment for this class is to choose one composition technique from the videos, and redraw a piece of artwork you previously created with a focus on improving its composition.

By the end of the class, you’ll have a revised, stronger piece of artwork, and you’ll be well on your way to getting the Art School fundamentals committed to habit so they become second nature every time you pick up a pencil. This bootcamp is great for all artists, whether you make books, comics, illustrations, paintings, or you just like to draw!

264 of 268 students recommendSee All

very good class. Composition of elements is taught clearly so that you can easily improve your compositions in your artwork etc.
Great for learning the foundations of composition. There where few slides where it would be nice to have a few examples, especially the slides that just have dots as examples, they still serve their purpose but it would still be nice just to have the extra boost of more examples. Over all though, it was an awesome class and would take it again in a heart beat!
This class was amazing! It taught me everything I needed to know about the fundamentals of composition in great detail with examples and explanations that were amazingly detailed and clear.





Christine Nishiyama

Illustrator/Writer at Might Could Studios

Hallo! I'm Christine, illustrator and writer at Might Could Studios.

I make books and comics, and I love to draw! I've worked with over 50 companies, created over 15 courses, and taught over 40,000 aspiring and established artists, helping them learn new skills, grow more confident, and develop their unique artistic styles.

I've been drawing for over 20 years, working independently for 5 years, making books for 3 years, and now I'm finally putting my books out into the wild. My ...

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