3 Top Composition Tips for 3D Digital Artists


Composing an attractive scene and getting that killer point of view for your image might be done by instinct and practice.

But using these three top tips for composition may help bring more consistant wins for getting the right arrangement for your 3D digital artwork.

Rule of Thirds

Imagine that your image is divided into nine equal parts by two horizontal and two vertical lines. Try to place the most important elements in your scene along these lines, or at the points where they intersect. Doing so will add balance and interest to your render.

Leading Lines

When we look at an image our eye is naturally drawn along lines.

By thinking about how you place lines in your composition, you can affect the way we view the image, pulling us into the picture, towards the subject, or on a journey ‘through’ the scene. There are different types of line you can think of to gain this effect- curvy, diagonal, straight, zigzag, radial and so on. Each of these can be used to enhance the image’s composition.

Balancing the Weight of Elements

Placing your main subject off-centre, creates a more interesting image, but it can leave a gap in the scene which can make it feel empty. You should balance the ‘weight’ of your subject by including another object of lesser importance to fill the space.

Check the latest premium edition of 3D Art Direct’s October issue to see how artists that we have interviewed have used composition in their renders. We review some of the best images in their portfolios and gain some top tips from their experience as digital artists using Terragen 2, Carrara and Mojoworld.


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