One of my goals this month is to really think about my composition each morning. Today I looked back through my sketchbooks for pages that I felt were thoughtful and planned out. Here's four 2-pages spreads that looked that way to me.
Of course putting one large item, mostly centered on the page (top left) works, however it needs to be a fairly detailed subject since that's the only thing on the page. I also like to work in a grid pattern. (top right) That seems to makes sense for a variety of smaller subjects. It works to line them up across the page (bottom left) but I have to add in a variety of heights and shape. And then lately I've been bunching up my subjects and using a contrasting shape to pull it all together. (bottom right)
I've used these four methods a few times throughout my sketchbooks and they seem to work well for me. This month I'll practice these four and add in a few new ones. As I study artists this month, I'll take note of their preferred methods for pulling their compositions together. I stole this last idea of the large contrasting shape behind the subject from my study of Mary Blair. She often used a bright colored rectangle behind her scene. Then the words of the book could be inserted below in the white space, leaving a white border around on all sides.