A composition is a visual organization of forms into a unified, balanced, harmonious arrangement. Many artists and art instructors rely on intuitive skills to attain successful compositions, and this is fine. However, it is also a good idea to know and review some of the tenets of what really constitutes a successful composition.

Ask yourself: Is there balance in the forms or subject matter within the composition? Do your eyes move freely around the composition? Are there focal points to pull your interest to the composition or to individual objects? Is there a variety of shapes and forms for interest? These are just a few of the questions that will be discussed in this chapter to help you employ successful composition design.

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