Finding Compositions

This assignment is about finding effective and interesting compositions. When designing art compositions, there are “rules” to consider.

From the book Design Language by Tim McCreight:
…Here are a few of the rules of composition:
• symmetry tends to promote stability
• diagonals are more active than horizontals
• proximity creates tension
• sameness is frequently boring
• regularity creates rhythm
• contrast exaggerates and effects
• equal amounts of figure and ground confuse the eye

1. Please make either a square or rectangular 1.5”-2” viewfinder (I will show you how) and clip it into your sketchbook for this assignment.
2. Using your viewfinder, look through magazines and find interesting compositions by sliding the “frame” over the page. Please try to look for compositions that are more about shapes, colors, and textures, NOT about specific objects. Most of your cut-out compositions should be almost unidentifiable. When you find one you like, lightly trace the frame and cut it out.
3. Arrange and glue these small compositions in a grid to fill your sketchbook page. You may choose to use the square or rectangular or both frames.
4. You should have at least 9 compositions in your sketchbook.
5. WRITE which of McCreight's "rules" apply for FIVE of your compositions and describe WHY they apply. Please be sure to indicate with numbers, etc., which ones you are explaining.