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Drawing and Rendering for Theatre by Clare P. Rowe

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Chapter 3

Composition and Elements of Design

COMPOSITION

The term composition refers to the aesthetic wholeness of the drawing. Every element of a drawing contributes to its composition, including the placement of the media strokes on the page, the length, thickness, and texture of the strokes, the range of value, even the texture of the paper. In a successful drawing, all of these elements in combination subconsciously evoke emotional or conceptual meaning greater than the sum of its parts.

Composition in theatrical design renderings refers both to the aesthetics of the scenic or costume design itself, and of the visual representation of the design on paper. Theatrical designers use line, shape, size, and proportion of objects, texture, value, ...

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