Sunday, May 10, 2009

Learning Composition 3

Another batch of gurren lagaan
ordered left row down then right row down - so the first would be simon punching forward and 2nd would be kittan and yoko standin w/ daryl and gimmy.

1.  small shape with the fist and large shape with the head - then medium with the body again.  The positive shapes take up about 2/3rds the panel, which seems to be the case with most of these.  Prolly better to have 2/3rds either positive or negative - I feel like half and half would be dull and strange.

2. diagonals woo.  Notice how kittan and daryl (gimmy?) kinda meld together into one form that divides the panel.  Anyways we've got two figures in the foreground and two in the mid.  Their positioning and posing (along w/ their clothing) is making for some very strong silhouettes that are going on to make some strong negative shapes.

3.  Once again taking up about 2/3rds the panel - very action packed and interesting shapes w/in it but we have a lot of flesh stuff, like along the leg and the missile crotch that keep it from getting too crazy.  Theres a bunch of negative shapes in this one as opposed to #1 that just has 1 negative shape - dunno how this factors in yet but it may be worth note.

4.  A down shot up.  Theres also a ton of circles flowing around throughout this one which is why I included them in the composition sketch.  Note the size variations in them, and the largest circle of all being the overall placement of the figures (or rather the placement of their negative shape - makes an arc).

5.  A very symmetrical shot, which I'm assuming makes an attempt at being broken up by the a-symmetrical waves and spirals of energy shooting around.  I guess you can't have every shot be a-symmetrical or it would rob it of its uniqueness?  Not sure yet on this one.

6.  I like this one a lot.  Our large figure is in the background taking up a good 2/3rds the panel and our smaller figure is in the foreground.  He is made up of the small and medium pieces as his legs get much larger as they pull down towards the camera.  Very cool diagonals on this as well.  Also all the negative shapes make arrows pointing us in towards the larger figure in the background - seems like good guiding of the eye.

7.  Warped perspective on this one.  Very cool figure in the foreground taking up like 1/3rd the panel.  Then our eye is guided back w/ the rows of spirals to the gurren lagaan, which while centered in the panel, isn't symmetrical (though isn't fighting hard to avoid that.)  I really love warped perspective though :]

8.  Tons of tiny shapes amidst some large and medium ones that hold the entire thing together.  As a result we get a lot of cool negative shapes in there as well.  Also note the curve of the body on this one.  it takes what would be a dull pose if that head was looking forward and adds dynamics by having him look the other way.  Gives it a much more life like feel.

anyways thats it for now - more soon


  1. Awesome to see you're going to such lengths to get better at composition. Respect sir!

  2. ahah and all w/in a very crunched time frame so my pieces for the *invisible project oooOOoo - what could it be* don't look like ass

    im seriously starting the KM and space chick pieces over