Composition in Practice

What is a Watercolour Composition?

After my sharing about the placement Focal Point and Perspective, I would like to share other things about watercolour composition, but this composition can be used to another kind of painting/drawing.

There are many things to consider in composition, these sharing are from my comprehension which are easy to remember.

Let’s Learn about Watercolour Composition.

*Scale and Proportion
  • The size of an object compare to other objects in a painting ( a child to an adult, a person to a tree, a cup to a tea pot, food/fruits to its container, etc)
  • The proportion of an object to itself ( human’s face to human’s body, arms to body, a cup’s handle to the cup, mouth to nose, eyes to nose, etc)
*Balance
  • The objects are not collected on one side
  • Do not put all the details or objects on one side
  • Symmetrical or asymmetrical arrangement
*Simplify the painting

Too many objects especially focal point in a painting will make the viewer tired. This is not a kid’s puzzle – to find one different creature among many of its own community !

*Movement
  • The objects in a painting can help lead the eyes of the viewer to the focal points.

A road, stream, wall, gateway, railway, or whatever.

  • The objects in a painting that show movement as if communicating with the viewer.

Moving waves, cloud blowing by the wind, flapping flag, flow of river, pointing hand, people walking toward a position, people looked at something, or whatever.

*Foreground

Foreground is the closest area to the viewer. But, we must be careful not to put too much detail. Keep the foreground simple.

*Contrast

Contrast is a distinct difference between light and dark on a subject.

Contrast can help the viewer to find the focal point in a painting, usually with highlight that leave the paper white.

Sometimes contrast is created by using a colour that is different / in the contrary with the surrounding colour. A little bit red around cold colour (blue,grey, or earth colour). I will discuss colour in another article, Wonderful Tone.

I wish this sharing could give advantage to others who may concern.

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