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The Secret to Composition by Lulie The Secret to Composition by Lulie
This should be applicable to both painters and photographers and all other visual artists with occasional tips for one or the other in particular.

Always love questions, comments and criticism!


UPDATE: I was always skeptical of the rule of thirds/golden ratio, but in this post James Gurney explains a bit about why, and how the eye actually moves. The main thing I neglected to mention in this tutorial is that the eye is scanning for information. All of these compositional things are ways to make the right information more obvious to find at the right times.

UPDATE 2: Wow, thanks so much for the DD! I didn't realise what a big difference it can make. You guys are what inspire me to make tutorials, so if there's anything else you found a little mysterious about art, don't hesitate to suggest it!

LINKS

Feng Zhu's FZDSchool tutorials on YouTube

"In this place..." ConceptArt thread

Bill Tiller's How to Draw Monkeys the Lucas Arts Way

Feng Zhu videos
- Make subject bigger
- Atmospheric perspective

Great tutorials on composition:
- Matt Laskowski's Perspective & Composition
- Johannes Vloothuis's Landscape Composition Rules


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I'm taking tutorial suggestions here: [link]

Follow me on Twitter, where I post tips, useful links and cool art-related things I stumble across:
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The suggester states "This is a very detailed tutorial on the aspects of good composition. The images are helpful and prove the points the artist is trying to make. It explains everything very well and is a great resource." The Secret to Composition by =lulie ( Suggested by Rbananas and Featured by Elandria )

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Yonomi Apr 14, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
This is so useful! Thank you soo much!
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thredd Mar 12, 2014  Student General Artist
thanks a lot!
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HiddenWorlds Mar 7, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
This looks great, thank you very much it helped me try a new background and see what was wrong with my previous ones more. =)
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duran3d Feb 10, 2014  Professional General Artist
Wow, this is an amazing guide. Most -if not all- important things about composition sumarized in one little tutorial. I like it very much. You are a true master.
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tokiratokia Jan 24, 2014  Student General Artist
FANTASTIC INCREDIBLE TO EVERY EXTENT
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Really helpful breakdown.
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:iconbankaiblade:
Wonderful explanation!!Dance! 
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izzi3bootz Oct 15, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
Great tutorial, thank you!
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CIC-Studios Oct 12, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Wow,this is wonderful! It definitely helps me understand composition better now! I was having trouble with this! Thanks so much!:)~:heart:
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Honesty-Art-Fashion Sep 17, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Very comprehensive. Would love a print of this hanging in my studio.
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