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Composition Rules: The Art & Science of Better Visuals

Jen Dixon, Abstract and figurative artist, tutor.

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9 Videos (1h 8m)
    • Composition Rules: The Art & Science of Better Visuals

      1:43
    • What is Composition?

      0:49
    • Designing Visual Experiences

      2:01
    • Foundation: The Rule of Thirds

      4:37
    • Next Level: Division of Space & Creating Journey

      5:03
    • Taking it Further: Golden Ratio & Spiral

      11:10
    • Project: Plan Like a Designer

      19:20
    • Bonus Project: Learn to Draw the Golden Ratio & Spiral

      21:51
    • Final Thoughts & Thank You

      1:08
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Welcome to Composition Rules: The Art & Science of Better Visuals.


This class is somewhere between a beginner and intermediate level, aimed primarily at artists, and by the end you’ll be sailing through creating better visuals in all you do. If you’re a designer, illustrator, photographer… you’re still going to be able to apply what you learn with me to your craft.

Join me for a concise, but full investigation of why we learn to design our compositions according to traditional principles such as The Rule of Thirds, Spacial Divisions and Journey, and of course, The Golden Ratio. The projects will have you thinking like a designer so that the crucial beginning of a new painting or drawing expresses exactly the story you want to tell to the viewer.

You’re not going to want to miss this class.

Let me help you understand and apply the Art & Science of Better Visuals through Composition Rules.

For this class, you’re going to need:

  • Cartridge Paper or similar, anything cheap and plentiful.
  • Soft leaded pencils or charcoal
  • A ruler

And for the bonus project:

  • A selection of basic coloured pencils (bright, rainbow colours)
  • A square
  • A compass

I also recommend a notebook or sketchbook for taking notes, because there is a lot of information to absorb, but remember you can always watch again too.

I’m really looking forward to you being a part of this class and showing me your work.
Thank you for being here.
Let’s get started!

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Note: All examples in this class are either public domain or the creation of the author/artist, Jen Dixon.

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Jen Dixon

Abstract and figurative artist, tutor.

Whether you want to learn new skills or brush up on rusty ones, I would love to help. I have been a selling artist for nearly 35 years, and in my own practice use pen and ink, pastels, oils, acrylics, and watercolours regularly. I have a roster of private tuition students who see me in my studio and we cover everything from the fundamentals of art and drawing to experimental and abstract work.
I love what I do and I teach what I love. I know we can do good things together here on Skillshar...

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