In this chapter we’re going to work with an existing
picture. Found imagery oﬀers a great pathway to
learning about composition, or how things are
arranged in a picture. It’s also lovely to begin a
drawing with the sense that part of it has already
been done for you. The found picture oﬀers a clear
subject matter, which serves as a springboard for
our imaginations to expand upon, allowing us to
shape the world created in the image into one that
encompasses our own ideas and interests.
Spend time looking for an image that you really love.
Ideally you’re after something that will spark further
ideas to extend the image into a far larger work of art.
Here are a few ideas for places to search.
newspaper or magazine
old drawing (by you or another artist)
scanned image from a book
postcard or greeting card
leaﬂet or catalog