Composition is all about how artist arrange or place items in their artwork. Although there are some basic guidelines, studying composition can be overwhelming because of the amount of information available. To further complicate things, an artist may break a "rule" of composition and still create a successful work of art.
Write the terms and information in your sketchbook
Thumbnail Sketches Artist's often use thumbnail sketches as a planning tool for their compositions. These are quick, loose sketches of ways the finished product could possibly be put together. Usually the artist completes 3 or 4 small sketches without much detail. .Below is a list of things that the may be included in a thumbnail sketch.
Different arrangements of objects
Various lighting options
Several choice of color palette
A value plan (major areas of dark, light, and grey/ a red transparency sheet may be held in front of the viewer or placed on top of a photo to help distinguish values)