Jillian Tamaki

Shipla Ray + Emily Wells

Sep 22nd, 2010

Two musicians for the New Yorker this week. Super tight deadline on this one… a call Sunday afternoon when I was at the Brooklyn Book Fest, final due the next day. AD Jordan Awan.

It can be difficult to create a dynamic scene within a square, as was necessary here. I usually take the approach of creating strong directional pulls with diagonal lines. It’s a little easier said than done. Dynamic composition, as I see it, is creating something a little off-balance (the opposite of stable and classical) that yet still feels pleasing. The Rule of Thirds and the Golden Ratio explain a bit of this, but I’m not really a fan of distilling such things into mathematics. I’m more in the “Use your Instincts” camp.

Like a wolf.

Or a hippy.