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Journal Entry: Wed Oct 15, 2014, 7:04 PM
I SURVIVED ARTPRIZE :faint: 

Now that that three week detour is over, I'll be able to get back to my regular weekly things and that means dA and uploading artwork more frequently :lol: I've fallen behind on my school work a little bit as well as a result of working for 21 days straight (you have no idea how tired I am :XD:) got a B on my art history midterm and my professor said she was surprised and wondered if anything was wrong :XD: Anywho, I'm in art machine mode now since I have a midterm critique in my painting thesis class next Tuesday, also I have a painting that will be in a show in Chicago this weekend woo! First major city I've shown in ever :D Here's a little blip that the collective I'm showing with put together on their tumblr for promotion: expocollective.tumblr.com/post…

Here's the poster if any of you peeps will be in or around that area this weekend, check it out! There will be fanart vendors and a ton of artwork :D
Bitwars by Xadrea


  • Mood: dA Love
  • Listening to: Love on Top--Beyonce
  • Reading: Peony In Love--Lisa See
  • Watching: you!!!
  • Playing: Runescape 3
  • Eating: nothing
  • Drinking: water
Ah, the 'C' word! Talked about often but rarely fully understood, composition is the meat and potatoes of any artwork. So then, what is this composition I speak of? Here's a definition: 
 Composition is the placement or arrangement of visual elements or ingredients in a work of art, as distinct from the subject of a work.
What are these "ingredients" you ask? The elements of composition are the Basic Art Elements  and the Principles of Design combined into a cohesive whole. 

The Building Blocks

Other elements that work into composition (that are noted in individual images below) are atmospheric perspective, positive vs. negative space, mark making, use of line, and color. 
  • Atmospheric perspective , method of creating the illusion of depth, or recession, in a painting or drawing by modulating colour to simulate changes effected by the atmosphere on the colours of things seen at a distance.
  • Positive space is the area or part of a painting's composition that the subject occupies.
  • Negative space is the space between objects or the parts of an object, for example the area between a cup and its handle.
  • Marks are like building blocks in that they are individual and discrete, but can be used in a repetitive manner to render almost any visual effect. Marks can be highly gestural and expressive, or controlled and mechanical.
  • Line is defined as a mark that spans a distance between two points (or the path of a moving point), taking any form along the way. As an art element, line pertains to the use of various marks, outlines and implied lines in artwork and design, most often used to define shape in two-dimensional art work.
  • Color is the element of art that is produced when light, striking an object, is reflected back to the eye. There are three properties to color. The first is hue, which simply means the name we give to a color (red, yellow, blue, green, etc.). The second property is intensity, which refers to the vividness of the color. For example, we may describe an intense blue color as "bright, rich, and vibrant".We may conversely describe a low-intensity blue color as "dull, subtle and grayed". A color's intensity is sometimes referred to as its "colorfulness", its "saturation", its "purity" or its "strength". A color's perceived intensity is related to its perceived brightness (brighter colors are more intense). The third and final property of color is its value, meaning how light or dark it is. The terms shade and tint are in reference to value changes in colors. In painting, shades are created by adding black to a color, while tints are created by adding white to a color.

Elements of Composition

  • Unity: Do all the parts of the composition feel as if they belong together, or does something feel stuck on, awkwardly out of place?
  • THE FOUR HORSEMEN by Yayashin
Unity is achieved in this image because of the artist's use of similar lines in the forms and the muted colors throughout the picture plane
  • Balance: Having a symmetrical arrangement adds a sense of calm, whereas an asymmetrical arrangement creates a sense of unease, imbalance. 
  • Yuko Oshima by GoveRtZ
This image contains equal amounts of positive and negative space making it well balanced even though the focal point, the woman, is off center
  • Movement: There many ways to give a sense of movement in a painting, such as the arrangement of objects, the position of figures, the flow of a river. 
  • Keeper of Cascade by samburley
Movement is suggested in this piece through the use of atmospheric perspective and curvilinear line 
  • Rhythm: In much the same way music does, a piece of art can have a rhythm or underlying beat that leads and paces the eye as you look at it. Look for the large underlying shapes (squares, triangles, etc.) and repeated color.
  •                                                                         Alice - Kakashi in Wonderland by Hellobaby
This piece demonstrates Rhythm in the repetition of tubular and triangular forms, and in the color red
  • Focus (or Emphasis): The viewer's eye ultimately wants to rest of the "most important" thing or focal point in the painting, otherwise the eye feels lost, wandering around in space. 
  •          A way out by mathiole
The white birds in this image pull your eye towards the focal point, the little girl
  • Contrast: Strong differences between light and dark. 
  • Fear by labaiute
The strong contrasts between light and dark color in this composition lends to the feeling of fear in the image
  • Pattern: An underlying structure, the basic lines and shapes in the composition. Small caveat: pattern can be anything that is repeated in a composition, not only the basic forms of the image. 
  • Cuckoo's Nest by dapper-owl
Similar line work and mark making is repeated in both halves of this image causing both halves to relate to one another
  • Proportion: How things fit together, big and small, nearby and distant.
A Passing Glance by Wildweasel339
The crowd behind the figure in this image is given less emphasis and is smaller in size (proportion) than her because they are both further away and not the focal point of the image. In addition to that, this artist has chosen to give three views of the same figure using the basic rules of atmospheric perspective to draw intrigue to her psychological state. 

Understanding Space

One of the keys to unlocking your full potential to compose strong images is understanding how to depict depth on a two dimensional plane. Most of us can easily depict shallow depth, but what about a sprawling city or expansive forest? How on earth do you do that?! This is where atmospheric perspective becomes your friend! Here are some simple ways to create the illusion of depth on a two dimensional plane: 

Overlapping: Overlapping forms automatically suggests space. 
Spirit of the Forest by Akane777
The trees, birds, and girl overlap the large wolf suggesting that there is some depth to the view of the forest we have here. 

Scale:
Forms that are nearest to us are larger, whereas forms that are further away are smaller. 
Last Train by KaiCarpenter
The kissing couple in the foreground are the largest forms in this image because they are nearest to us. 

Color Intensity:
Color loses its saturation (intensity) as it moves further away in the distance, therefore forms that are nearer (or most near to us) are more intense in color. 
Colobockle of forest by efira-japan
Notice how the color in this forest slowly fades into misty pastel hues as it recedes in space. 

Detail
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Objects lose detail as they move further back in the distance, so forms that are nearer have more detail and are more sharply in focus. 
Pandora by alifann
Notice that the background is suggested in this image only through planes of un-detailed color, whereas the girl is in clear focus and the details of her scarf, bag, etc are fully rendered. 


On Composition
Some basic tips and examples on how to depict space and create engaging compositions :D
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Pattern and texture2 WIP by Xadrea
Pattern and texture2 WIP
This is PVC glue over a layer of a watercolor wash on stonehenge mounted on board. When it dries the original juicy brightness of the watercolor will shine through :D
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Pattern and texture1 WIP by Xadrea
Pattern and texture1 WIP
This is PVC glue over a layer of a watercolor wash on stonehenge mounted on board. When it dries the original juicy brightness of the watercolor will shine through :D
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Four by Xadrea
Four
part of my new painting series :la:
watercolor, prismacolor, serigraphy, latex, resin, and glue gun on paper mounted to board
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Mellissa Redman
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Hi I'm Mellissa and I'm 25. I graduated cum laude from the University of Akron with a BFA in painting/drawing and a minor in art history in May 2012=D I'm currently working on my MFA in painting at the Kendall College of Art and Design of Ferris State University. I'm an illustrator and freelance artist ^ ^My favorite color is pink, and I think muffins are the cutest food ever!

Besides painting, I love printmaking and I plan on eventually owning a silkscreen to produce prints outside of the studio!
Lastly, I block trolls and overall mean people, so be warned! ;)


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Journal Entry: Wed Oct 15, 2014, 7:04 PM
I SURVIVED ARTPRIZE :faint: 

Now that that three week detour is over, I'll be able to get back to my regular weekly things and that means dA and uploading artwork more frequently :lol: I've fallen behind on my school work a little bit as well as a result of working for 21 days straight (you have no idea how tired I am :XD:) got a B on my art history midterm and my professor said she was surprised and wondered if anything was wrong :XD: Anywho, I'm in art machine mode now since I have a midterm critique in my painting thesis class next Tuesday, also I have a painting that will be in a show in Chicago this weekend woo! First major city I've shown in ever :D Here's a little blip that the collective I'm showing with put together on their tumblr for promotion: expocollective.tumblr.com/post…

Here's the poster if any of you peeps will be in or around that area this weekend, check it out! There will be fanart vendors and a ton of artwork :D
Bitwars by Xadrea


  • Mood: dA Love
  • Listening to: Love on Top--Beyonce
  • Reading: Peony In Love--Lisa See
  • Watching: you!!!
  • Playing: Runescape 3
  • Eating: nothing
  • Drinking: water

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LaPetiteBallerine Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
i really love your artworks!! I wish i could draw like that :iconasdfghplz:
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Xadrea Featured By Owner May 15, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
^ ^ thank you!:heart: and practice makes perfect :D
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LaPetiteBallerine Featured By Owner May 15, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
right! :iconokie2plz: and i'll try my best to improve, thank you! :iconsmile-luplz:
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Xadrea Featured By Owner May 25, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
you're welcome!:heart:
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Nice gallery love the colors!
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:meow: Daaaaw ^ ^ thankies!
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:party: Happy birthday :) I hope you have a wonderful day full of fun and cake :cake:



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:heart: thank you very much ^ ^
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