Composing with Intention

Jan 30 / Savannah Davis

Mentor: Tiffanie Mang |
Professional Series

Take a look at the first lifetime-access course in the Professional Series.

Enjoy a condensed selection of real topics from Tiffanie's mentorship, curated to help you master composition, with a special focus on Value, Notan, and Compositional Grids. (3+ hours)

     In the Classroom

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A variety of lectures, demos, and quick exercises will help you solidify these fundamentals and use them in your work. 
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Begin with the Matrix (Notan) of a painting.

Learn how to find the harmony of the light and dark shapes as you learn to best simplify the painting with only two values. Learn about C.S.I. lines and how the various curves and straights will help the painting read clearly from both close up and far away


Next, step into Value.

Learn about the importance which value keys has on the mood and energy of a painting. Follow Tiffanie as she demonstrates how a change in value key will drastically alter the message each piece of art communicates.


Finally, learn how to use Compositional Grids.

Balance your design and direct the eye as intended with three basic kinds of grids: the centerline grid, the division of thirds grid, and the diamond grid. Then, follow how the masters have used grids to compose their own pieces, creating perfect balance in complex arrangements.

Tiffanie's Success

Tiffanie Mang is an art instructor, digital illustrator, and landscape painter working in gouache and oils. She graduated with a BA in Animation and Digital Arts from the University of California in 2014.

Tiffanie has worked as a visual development artist at Marvel Studios and an animator on the Oscar nominated feature Loving Vincent at Breakthru Films, among other work. She is also known for teaching her digital and gouache workshops across the globe.


"Throughout my artistic journey, I've had countless different art teachers and mentors, both in & out of art school. But never have I had someone break down & teach painting the way Tiffanie did...
I've found a tremendous amount of growth in my work, even over a short amount of time. "
"Every class I take, I feel like I opened a new door of possibilities with all the new knowledge that is brought... The Notan studies and Grids were game changer for me, I find myself organizing and designing in a more proficient way. I'm super excited to see what's next."
" I recently landed a concept art job with Walt Disney Imagineering, and I believe without Tiffanie this could not have happened at all.
My art has immensely progressed to the point other people started consistently commenting on my progress."
Clara Ryu

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