Practical composition #1 - Abstraction

Part of an eight video series (8+ hours) covering practical composition, this first chapter explores abstraction as an essential step and tool toward mastering composition.
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Composition, particularly in its abstract component, is the single most fundamental skill every art student should develop before any other. At its core lies the ability to organize visual signals into meaningful patterns that can catch the viewer's attention at any size, distance, lighting conditions, context, etc.

Every creative process involves an act of abstraction: the synthesis of an element of nature into the mind.
Abstraction is not only the fact of using abstract shapes like we use to think of when speaking about abstract art. It's also the activity of creating and applying concepts, and it lies at the very essence of what a concept artist does.

In the exercise you'll discover in this chapter, you'll see how practicing abstract composition can dramatically help you improve your composition, your ideation, and your painting skills.

By removing the burden of painting something, you immediately start to think the structure and the dynamic of your painting, with strong elements of visual languages, such as: contrasts of shapes, lines, values and colors, repetitions and rhythms, accents, noise and rest, and much more.

Mastering abstraction is key to successful composition, and this course will give you practical and in-depth knowledge to help you move toward this goal.