Starting with a Simple Subject

with Debra Yaun

Intricate, complex scenes are certainly visually interesting, but they can also be challenging to draw. A better way to begin is to choose a simple subject, which can be equally compelling, even with a limited palette. Before you start drawing, look closely at your subject and try to break it down into basic shapes (such as circles, triangles, and wedges). You can also reduce the distractions in your scene by keeping the background vague, as Debra Yaun did here in this simple portrayal of colorful daylilies.

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Step One First I sketch out the day lilies in graphite pencil, taking care to draw the correct ...

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