Composition demo

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.

About redharparts

Born in Michigan. Attended undergrad and graduate universities there. I've lived in England, Germany, Southern California and now Washington (state). I'm a retired Medical Social Worker with a past specialty in Oncology. I've enjoyed exploring historical re-creation through the SCA. I costume in several fandoms. Lately I've returned to Art and have taken up Urban Sketching, a version of en plein air painting.
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2 Responses to Composition demo

  1. miatagrrl says:

    Interesting… sounds very similar to things I learned about composition during my drawing classes at Gage.

    – Tina

  2. Julia says:

    Great advice. I heard about creating small thumbnails before starting a piece and I found that really gas helped with composition work

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