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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!


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

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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Ro-Kat Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2014  Student Digital Artist
this is great! thank you <3
Leon-Z Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2014
D8!!!! thanks a lot!!!!
hecc95 Featured By Owner May 31, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This gives great examples of the different concepts in composition, something few tutorials really do. This will help me wonders, thank you!
UntoldPromises Featured By Owner May 31, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Super helpful! Thank you so so so so much! :)
Thnoman Featured By Owner May 8, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Ridiculously helpful and very easy to understand. exactly what I was looking for! thank you so much :)
malin-markk Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Great tutorial. I took a lot of useful notes from this and it's surely going to improve my painting/drawing a bit :)
Thank you very much for sharing it!
Yonomi Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
This is so useful! Thank you soo much!
thredd Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2014  Student General Artist
thanks a lot!
HiddenWorlds Featured By Owner 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. =)
duran3d Featured By Owner 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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