Creative Complexity : Layering within the Frame

Welcome to Week Forty-Three of p52.2 : Framed.

In our final week of creative complexity exercises, our compositional goal is to use layering within the frame. Layering is a powerful narrative and compositional technique which uses the foreground, middle, and background of the frame to tell a visual story and keep the viewer’s eye moving throughout the entire frame.

Compositionally, the utilization of layers can add balance to an image or emphasize scale between a subject and its surroundings. As a story-telling technique, the inclusion of multiple details in a scene can bring life and context to an image. Creating a clear separation between each layer – spatially or using colors – further strengthens images built around this technique.

Our year-long collaborative blog project is dedicated to composition and artistry. Please click HERE to read more about our project. The gallery mosaic is randomly sorted every time you load the page so please Refresh the page in your browser to see a different view. Please click on the individual images to see a larger version on the artist’s website and, in some cases, a series of related images.


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