COMPOSITION

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A good composition will appear balanced and harmonious, with the various elements working together to create an eye-catching scene. Over the next few pages, you’ll discover how to establish a center of interest, or focal point; create a visual path that leads the viewer’s eye through the painting; organize the elements in your painting; and choose a format—horizontal, vertical, or panorama—that complements your subject.

POSITIVE AND NEGATIVE SPACE

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The interplay of positive and negative space in a work of art is an important dynamic ...

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