Head Lopper Fan Art Cover

Whew! It’s been awhile since my last post. I blame lots of cool big projects and toddler chaos. The end result being, this Head lopper mock cover is the first free time project I’ve had since October 2016. I’ll be writing a few longer process posts based on design principles etc.

For this piece I wanted to focus on a composition celebrating the Rule of Thirds. This handy tool for arranging elements in a composition isn’t on its face complicated, the rule states that as you divide your live area into thirds horizontally and vertically, those intersections where the perpendicular lines meet are natural focal points as the eye moves across the live area. In practice however, I found myself bending elements artificially to match those four found focal points that resulted in static oddly symmetrical layouts.

Enter the excellent Creative Bloq article written by Chris Legaspi. (Here). Through a pile of great examples, Mr. Legaspi showcases the importance of the vertical and horizontal lines as well those four intersecting points. Furthermore, He goes into great detail explaining it’s use to establish asymmetrical compositions. With this in mind I stacked my snakes along the left vertical and allowed our viking protagonist to occupy the right with lines showing the vertical snake’s mass and our viking’s interaction , Success? I’m not sure but definitely worthwhile messing with.

Up next, the Golden Spiral!

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