The Playing Field
Composition means bringing together individual elements into a cohesive whole. Music emerges from the assembly of notes, rhythm, and the interplay of instruments. Individual graphic elements interact in a similar way in the visual arts. Sculptors work with three-dimensional components, as do architects and city planners.
When it comes to painting, drawing, graphic design, and photography, composition pertains to the organization of two-dimensional elements within a predefined image area. In most cases, the image area is a rectangle. It is in this area that all of the visual subject matter is conveyed.
When a viewer ...