Tips on Achieving Ideal Painting Compositions

‘A whole is made up of its parts’ – you’ve probably heard of this in a physics or chemistry class, but it isn’t all about either of those subjects that such factual statement is included in this prologue. This is all about the art of painting. Your craft, right? So you can obviously relate it to the compositions of your artwork which are very crucial to establish mood and visual appeal. Meaning, on how you mix the elements with your subject can affect how you convey or represent the emotion or thought that you want to share. But of course, that isn’t always the case especially when the composition is below par. That’s a challenge for you to surpass then, and the following could aid you in achieving strong composition in your masterpiece:

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Determine or Establish Your Focal Point
It is a very essential element to which the eyes of your viewers should be drawn. Without which, there is no focus or concentration on the oil paintings from photos. So you really have to think about and establish this so-called “apple-of-the-eye” of your artwork. And the best place for this is on one of the intersection points or spots from the “rule of thirds”, and do consider or check the other elements (like lines) which should necessarily lead the eyes towards the subject.

Apply Diverse Values
Doing a thumbnail sketch of the painting composition is best, but that ought to be a combination of three values: dark, light, and mid-tone. After mixing these, you have to check the amount of value each one has; if you want to have strong composition, the best way is using or applying varied amounts. For instance, you can have one-third of light, two-thirds of dark, and a small space for mid-tone – it’s just a matter of creativity.

Consider the Spacing of Elements
There has to be order or proper arrangement no matter how difficult achieving that is. It’s something rare to find as an expert says, but you might do good if you try to balance all the elements. You should particularly make sure that there are reasonable spaces from one element to another. Make them appear as natural yet appealing as possible – that’s the guiding principle. And needless to say, if you vary the space between the composition’s elements, angles, and sizes, you can make your painting photos more interesting.

Unity of Elements is Very Important
How does it look or feel like when all the elements in your composition belong together? You have to know it yourself if you haven’t achieved it before. That boils down to “unity” which is very important in order for the whole Painting from a photo to be attractive or appealing. In here, you can also use highlights to secure balance or put emphasis if necessary.

Check the Underlying Composition
Is it obvious or not? Keep in mind that the painting is not done yet if the initial thoughts of the viewer seeing it is going to be analytical. Meaning, the one has to analyze the elements (their arrangements, etc.) before s/he would know what does the painting really convey. As such, you have to make sure that the underlying composition is not that obvious, but that is still dependent on your purpose of making pet paintings from photos. Remember also that there are critical factors (skill) that could affect your painting.

The bottom line is: if you can combine the parts or elements harmoniously, the whole painting would certainly look similar to what you have exquisitely imagined.


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