Three Essential Composition Tips for your Digital Art

For our next issue of 3D art direct magazine, we have included an interview with German digital artist Wolfgang Sigl. He specialises in space art, creating beautiful planetary landscapes with Bryce. See example of his work posted on his comprehensive website – Whisky Sierra Graphics. He has a comprehensive portfolio and a great selection of textures and objects for sale (and a free selection as well!)We include three of his pieces here, to demonstrate three more useful composition tips to enhance your artwork a little more.

Symmetry and Patterns

Angelic Symmetry in Action

Patterns and symmetry surround us; both in natural and man-made formats. They both can make for very eye-catching compositions, especially in situations where they are not expected.

Furthermore – try upsetting the balance of symmetry – place an object to weight the image on one side, to create tension or a focal point to the scene.

Viewpoint

Kid Soldier by Wolfgang Sigl

3D digital art has a large advantage, in that the virtual camera can be placed with ease anywhere in the scene.

Viewpoint has a huge impact on the composition of an image, and as a result it can greatly affect the story that the shot conveys. Rather than just using an eye level point of view, consider placing the virtual camera from high above, down at ground level, from the side, from the back, from a long way away, from very close up, and so on.

Background

Unicorn Bay by Wolfgang Sigl

 

Having a busy background will lessen the impact that the foreground objects make. The background will tend to blend into the foreground in this case.
A real world or virtual camera has a tendency to flatten the foreground and background, and this can often ruin an otherwise great photo or 3D digital image. Don’t crowd your background – make it a little plainer and more unobtrusive in order to power up the foreground.

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