Natalia Taffarel: Quick Guide to Composition with the Color Manager
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Natalia Taffarel: Quick Guide to Composition with the Color Manager

October 21, 2019


Wacom presents: Color Master, Natalia Taffarel, Quick Guide to Composition Hello, my name is Natalia Taffarel. I am going to talk about composition. You need to understand how perception works. You build a visual database when growing up, which sticks in your brain. Red is hot. Blue is cold. If you lick on something cold, your tongue gets stuck. You create a mental database. I can show you this with a simple example. Imagine a round object. I move it twice. In which point does it bother you most? The top? Exactly! Why? Because your brain is making an effort to keep the object up. Composition is about what you feel. It is a gut feeling. If the object is at the top, the brain needs to keep it up, or it will fall. And things that fall, break. The brain does not like things that fall. The brain will try to keep it up, which creates a tension. Position determines tension in a composition. Let’s talk about weight. What defines weight? See these two dots. They are both black. One is obviously heavier than the other. Which one? The left one, because it is bigger. We can say that size defines the weight of the elements in the plane. What about now? Now the small one is heavier, because the other one has more luminosity. Due to transparency, it is less heavy. What about now? It is not obvious anymore, because I have changed the saturation of the big dot. Now it is transparent but it has a little bit of red, and you cannot tell which one is heavier. That is the way it works, using the characteristics of the shapes. Even a single tiny dot has three characteristics: size, hue and luminosity. Weight is determined by: size, hue and luminosity. Once you understand that elements have a weight and how to control that weight using light, size and color, you can guide the direction in which the viewer reads the image. For example: How do you read this image? From left to right. People go from the big one to the small one. We love following things. If you don’t know how to control the weight of the elements, you might change that without intention. For example: I bring down the opacity of the first circle. Now it does not work anymore. Lines have a meaning and a different style evokes a different emotion. With a straight line, you might want to sell a bank, because it gives you a sense of safety. If you want to sell a skateboard, you might want a curved line. Curved lines give you a sense of movement. The zigzag line transmits chaos. It is usually used to sell things to teenagers. Shapes also convey a certain sense of something. The square, like the straight line, gives you a sense of stability. Because it is constrained within the square. The circle, like the curved lines, gives you a sense of movement. The triangular composition has a stable base, but as it has three points that compete with each other, it creates an aggressive tension. The three characteristics that you use to define or change composition are: size, saturation and luminosity. Saturation and luminosity correspond to two of the three characteristics of color, which are hue, saturation and luminosity. Saturation and luminosity can change the composition, but they do not alter color theory. They do not alter the harmony. Learn more on: color.wacom.com

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  1. Thank you Natalia I have noticed and invented some of these elements by myself and now I have them defined by you. I have been going slow with painting and perhaps I can get out my wacom pad and start doing faster discoveries when I understand the product capacity

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