If you want theory:
Read Loomis's section about composition (formal and informal) in "Creative Illustration."
Also, do a search on Marshall Vandruff (word around town is this guy knows a little something). His key concept is "contrasting opposites."
You're gonna have to smoke on that one or take his class...
and then, smoke.
If you wanna explore on your own:
Get a camera, a sketchbook, and your eyeballs outside and just start framing some shit the way you like it.
if you don't have a camera/viewfinder:
TAKE your left hand and put it a foot away from face, palm forward flat and thumb sticking up.
TAKE your right hand with backhand facing you, the same distance as the left.
MAKE the right hand thumb touch the left hand fingers to make a ghetto viewfinder.
Get pictures of everything you like and make studies/copies of it. Pencil tonal sketches work fine. Sometimes, marker or something more prone to value is better. Don't just copy it. Devour it. If you have a project or subject matter that you know someone else handled pretty damn good...get their shit and pic it apart. But, don't "bite" it...just "eat" it...so you can make your own "shit". hehe.
draw random overlapping rectangles, circles, squares, arcs, and parallels and see if any of that shit makes...uh...
just try some shit and see what comes out.
Last edited by ReAkshun; June 8th, 2005 at 09:37 AM.
Pimpin ain't easy...
so i just ho instead.