Top 13 Composition Pitfalls and How to Avoid Them


    Have you ever wondered why some images are truly delicious, and the other look “oh no”? The answer is simple, it’s composition mistakes that cripple our renders.

    These wicked gremlins bite your composition legs, and punch its butt.

    Basta! Time to fight the gremlins.

    In this tutorial you’ll learn the 13 most common composition pitfalls (and how to avoid them).

    Composition Tutorial: Top 13 Mistakes

    What you’ll learn by watching this video tutorial? Here are the most basic and common composition mistakes, that we do so often.  This list is based on the example of the Art Review Session with Guilherme Henrique, Reynante Martinez and yours truly.

    I thought that it will be cool to summarize the main points in a quick video tutorial. If you feel that these tips will be helpful to someone you know, please share the post. Just click the share buttons below and above.

    1. Too Dark

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    2. Framing is Off

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    3. Where is the Point of Interest

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    4. The Figure Doesn’t Stand Out

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    5. Too Centered

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    6. Uniform Lighting


    7. Too Many Lights

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    8. Not Enough Variation

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    9. Mooooar Details!

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    10. Lack of Depth

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    11. The Scale Problem

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    12. Too Static

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    13. Too Noisy

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    Art Review on results

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    If you want to follow through all the works and comments posted on the Art Review Session, check out this link.

    Thank you for making this event bombastic and great.

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    What is Your Most Dreadful Composition Mistake?

    Join the discussion and answer this question: what’s the most dreadful composition mistake? Or what’s the mistake that you make most often?

    What mistake poisons your works?

    Share your thoughts below, and you can illustrate it with pictures!

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    1. Ancestor

      Very useful, thanks!!

    2. lombre33

      thx ! Simple and Easy to understand 😉

      (and there is my render lol ^^)

      • -L0Lock-

        ouep… Sois heureux! 😀

    3. Yitzi Litt

      Thank you for yet another awesome tutorial!
      I participated in the critique session, and this is the (hopefully improved) result that I came up with; I would love your opinion on how to take it to the next level.
      Again, thank you!

      • Stephanie

        This scene could use a point of interest (See number 3).

    4. Uncle Snail

      Super great! I’ve been trying to pick up on more composition/color tips, which is something I think we often miss as 3D artists.

    5. M ALI Subhani

      Its Fantabulous thanks <3

    6. David Mcsween

      Biggest fail I recall (I’m old and forget crap work to easily), was a rebrand for a state wide network tv program. My crime? Making it far to busy. And not starting with a clear concept. I just started playing until i thought it looked cool. The client wasn’t visually articulate so they couldn’t critique properly. Every time I see my old show reel I cringe. The title package lasted 2yrs IIRC

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    8. Oliver Garcia

      Haha Thanks for using my render, I’ll keep in mind for the next time. Thanks again for reviewing it!

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