Let Your Composition Fly

Composition Piece made in Photoshop by Kim Kerremans

We as a society have come so far since the very beginning of information. It used to be binary and linear; now, it is ever-changing. Due to computers and cyberspace, we can create something out of nothing. We can make music from a picture, paint a picture from sound, and so much more. We can even make an image by combining other images. In other words, we can create pictures by composing them.

Designing compositions can be challenging; you need to keep all of the elements in mind of what a design consists of. Which include the seven design principles: emphasis, balance and alignment, contrast, repetition, proportion, movement, and white space. “Creating visual interest and clarity of communication are two main goals of composition.” (Landa, Robin) Catching people’s attention while making a composition is critical because someone has to be attracted to the piece to take time out of their day to interpret the message. Designers need to keep in mind elements of a composition before they even begin to put pieces into the art. They need to think about format, the midline, closed versus open, and symmetrical versus asymmetrical.

I moved the vanishing point from the middle of my piece to the side, making the art in the landscape formate because the audience’s eyes scan the landscape side to side. I believe that movement is one of the hardest things to create in a 2D piece of art. I tried to show movement through the cars in my work and the airplane wing going in the opposite direction of the vehicles.

Before I explain what the story is behind my piece, I want you to take a moment and try to think of what the story is. There is no right or wrong answer; art is up to interpretation.

I decided to create the story of me going to Quinnipiac University for the first time. As an international student, I wasn’t able to visit the school before the year started. I had to fly from my home country to the United States, and after arriving at the Boston Logan Airport, I drove to Connecticut. The airplane wing in the left top corner represents my flight. During the drive, I noticed that the U.S. uses a lot more stop signs than anything else. In Europe, you are more likely to come across a roundabout instead of a stop sign or traffic light. That’s why I added the stop sign; it was one of the first things I noticed when I arrived. Construction on roads is inevitable, it is global, so I added it to give it more of a realistic feel. Accidents and car trouble are also prevalent on highways, so I put the tow truck in the composition. I added Quinnipiac’s library at the end of the airplane wing because that was the end goal of my trip to the university.

I decided to put all of these elements on top of an airplane wing because I thought it was a great way to represent a road. I chose the image where you can see the window’s outline as the canvas frame because it symbolizes myself looking at the growth and courage it took to move halfway across the world away from the family all by myself.

References:

Hegland, Frode. A Brief History Of Information, http://www.liquidinformation.org/information_history.html.

Masdsen, Rune. “A History of Design Systems.” Intro Lecture, Printing Code, printingcode.runemadsen.com/lecture-intro/.

Reid, Meg. “The 7 Principles of Design.” 99designs, 99designs, 4 Mar. 2020, 99designs.com/blog/tips/principles-of-design/#:~:text=The%20principles%20of%20design%20are,Proportion%2C%20Movement%20and%20White%20Space.

Tate. “Composition – Art Term.” Tate, http://www.tate.org.uk/art/art-terms/c/composition.


2 thoughts on “Let Your Composition Fly

  1. Hi Kim! I really liked how dynamic your piece is. My eyes started at the base of the plane wing to the library building at the tip. The stretched stop sign and the leading lines of the plane wing also add to the perspective and to the 3D effect. Your blog post definitely complimented your composition since it has a personal meaning behind it.

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  2. Kim,

    I love the idea of your composition! It is very creative and I love the story behind the piece. I do believe you were able to accomplish creating movement within the 2D design. My eyes scanned the picture as you intended. I also believe the depth-perception of the cars helps display movement. My one suggestion for this piece is to reconsider the size of the stop sign with the car next to it. The stop sign looks a little larger than life compared to the car, so I would suggest shrinking the sign a little. Besides that, I think this composition accomplishes the story you wanted to tell and does it perfectly, since all aspects of your story were able to be shown in this one image.

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