Pictorial Composition

When drawing, be sure to arrange the elements in a way that creates a pleasing design, or composition. The overall design is determined by the placement of different shapes and lines. The composition should direct the viewer’s attention to the most important area of the drawing.

In the example below, the fanlike shape of the treetop draws the eye to the trunk area.

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Below, the tree to the left is in the foreground, the area that appears closest in distance. The vertical direction of the trunk is subdued by the rounded foliage mass in the upper left corner. Balance is achieved by placing the shrub in the background and to the ...

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