Image composition – 2

By | February 2, 2014
Image composition, stable, instable, diagonal, strong motion, powerful and spiral composition.

Image composition, stable, instable, diagonal, powerful and spiral composition.

 
A triangle with its base pointing down is the most stable picture composition.A triangle with its base pointing down is the most stable picture composition.

Stable

A triangle with its base pointing down is the most stable picture composition. This was very common during the Renaissance. Example: Giovanni Battista Piazzetta (1683-1754)


A composition based on a triangle with the base pointing upwards will be considered instable. A composition based on a triangle with the base pointing upwards will be considered instable.

Instable

A composition based on a triangle with the base pointing upwards will be considered instable. This can be a way to create motion and activity in an image. Example: William-Adolphe Bouguereau (1825-1905)


An image composed as a spiral gives a powerful and dynamic effect. An image composed as a spiral gives a powerful and dynamic effect.

Spiral – baroque

An image composed as a spiral gives a powerful and dynamic effect. This type of composition was common during the baroque era. Example: Caravaggio (1571-1610)


The square composition is the most stable, simple and tangible. The square composition is the most stable, simple and tangible.

Simple and tangible

The square composition is the most stable, simple and tangible. It creates calm and harmony in an image. Vilhelm Hammershöi (1864-1916)


A circle composition can be seen as simple and complete. A circle composition can be seen as simple and complete.

Growing or shrinking

A circle composition can be seen as simple and complete. The effect can be a feeling of growth or of shrinking. Example: Nicolas Poussin (1594-1665)


Expanding Expanding

Expanding

Example: Frans Hals (1582-1666)


Vertical motion Vertical motion

Vertical motion

Example: Claude Monet (1840-1926)


Static or horizontal motion Static or horizontal motion

Static or horizontal motion

Example: J. M. W. Turner (1775-1851)


Static with diagonalStatic with diagonal

Static with diagonal

Example: Cezanne (1839-1906)


Diagonal towards the right

A diagonal motion towards the right gives a stronger feeling of space than a diagonal towards the left. When we read pictures the eye moves from left to right which is also how we are used to reading text.

A diagonal motion towards the right gives a stronger feeling of space than a diagonal towards the left.A diagonal motion towards the right gives a stronger feeling of space than a diagonal towards the left.

Towards right is stronger. Example: Cezanne (1839-1906)

A diagonal motion towards the right gives a stronger feeling of space than a diagonal towards the left.

Towards left is weaker.


Diagonal - strong motion Diagonal - strong motion

Diagonal – strong motion

Example: Anders Zorn (1860-1920)