Sandy Allnock offered a demo today at Daniel Smith on the topic of “Expression through Composition”. She’ll offer a full day workshop next Saturday (Feb 2).
Her training is in illustration and graphic design. Her medium has been copic markers (the red flowers, below). She told us she only just started painting in watercolor in 2014 during a trip. She was somewhat self deprecating about her paintings but, as you can see below, they are wonderful!
She showed her process of working from a photo to quickly develop multiple compositions. Her advice was to determine what in the image interests or attracts you. Your composition should then pull the viewer’s eye to that. You’re the artist, so you can change anything about the photo in your sketch.
Sandy shared a resource she uses for photos: “Paint My Photo”
i most enjoyed and learned from the section of the demo about working out different compositions from the same photo. She’s a fun teacher and I think the workshop would be well worth it if you want to work on your composition skills.