In this post we will talk about The Rule of the thirds in fashion illustration. Imagine that your image is divided into 9 equal squares. This rule helps you position the most important elements in your page, layout, composition.
Adding these lines in your computer or on a printed transparent foil will help you better understand how image functions. eeven in photography, there are special cameras that allow you to see the image taken through a 9 square grid.
Some rules, in short:
– never place your subject in the middle of the page. This will create a stupid image that is not intriguing at all. You won’t like it and the layout won’t have any force.
– place your main element off center.
– balance the weight of your subject by adding another element ( this one should not be equal in size or important with your first element)
– leading lines: the human eye is directed upon your page. This means, the eye has a path to follow and it is guided by some lines. When we look at a composition, our eye is naturally drawn along these lines.
– there are many types of lines that can guide your eye in this journey: straight lines, zig-zag, radial, curvy and so on
– symmetry: symmetry is not the best thing you can ever do. I do not recommend it but it is ok to know about it because the most interesting compositions you can make are using the disrupted symmetry: first you arrange the elements in a symmetry and then you broke it by adding more force to one side.
These are just a few of the rules. I will come back in the next post with a deep analysis of the following image done by Gary Tu, my fashion illustrator friend. Thank you, Gary!
Also, please download the grid below and use it in your fashion illustrations.