Composition Matters


Composition Matters

For advanced beginners of intermediates

Contains 1 streamed video (6.20m),two exercises and an assignment
No requirement to submit work for feedback

Registration open. Start anytime.
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2 month access to materials
You do not need a Paypal account. Paypal accepts most credit/debit cards

Why take this course?

Do you recognise this dilemma? How may the artist remain true to a plant’s botanical character yet still create an effective composition which draws and holds the viewers attention.

Let me guide you through an approach to composition. Learn how to establish clear focal points, balance space, colour and texture. Why and how to edit, cut, crop and much more.

Whether your intent is to create botanical illustration to educate and inform, or botanical art where aesthetics play a larger role, developing an appropriate composition is important.

It is never too early to consider composition. Guidance in composition can be lacking in some early education of botanical artists. I have found that even experienced artist with superb technical skills may not always fully succeed in capturing a satisfying arrangement of the elements.

A successful composition may help you to explain your specimen, it can also create impact and intrigue. Good composition skills can help your work stand out from the crowd!

Don’t be fearful. The principles of ‘appropriate’ composition can can be learnt, and practice will build your confidence.

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It covers

Listen to your plant
Know your intent
The principles
The process (with video)
Simpler compositions
Layering your compositions

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How much time will I need?


From the start date of the course you will have 2 months online access.

Learning the essential techniques, consolidating them with exercises and producing your final assignment will take everyone a different amount of time. It depends on your starting level and the amount of time you are able to set aside for study and practice.

The course can be completed in 2 months.

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