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Composition for the Visual Artist

In this 10-week course, instructor Bill Perkins will teach you the foundations of composition. As a renowned Disney art director, painter, and art theorist, Bill will bring his knowledge to teach you the main elements in a composition. Whether you want to work traditionally or digitally, this course will give you the tools needed to create compelling artworks; from there, create a persuasive experience for the viewers.

10 Lessons 20h 5m 21s of videos

Common Questions

What will I learn from this course?

In this course with instructor Bill Perkins, you will gain all the insights on creating effective compositions. Bill will teach you how to use tone, value grouping, shape, line, and color to direct the viewer's eye across the picture plane.

Is this course for fine artists or entertainment artists?

It is for both. A fundamental understanding of composition is extremely important in all visual art fields like animation, illustration, and fine art.

Is this course recommended for beginners?

This course is recommended for all levels. If you are just starting out, this will give you a solid foundation to begin your artistic career. If you have been painting and drawing for a number of years, this course is an excellent refresher on how to develop solid compositions. 

Can I do this course digitally, using Photoshop or Procreate?

All New Masters Academy courses are designed to be done traditionally or digitally. Software changes constantly, but the fundamentals stay the same. It will be up to you to translate the information that you are learning to your software of choice.

Are there any assignments in this course?

This course includes downloadable assignment PDFs, that help you practice the materials taught by instructor Bill Perkins. Keeping up with these assignments will maximize your learning outcomes.

What materials do I need to get for this course?

A material PDF list is linked in each lesson under the description. Please check the file to see what you need to prepare.