How to Achieve an Eye-Pleasing Image: Tips for Composition

Day 11

Today's Topic: Draw on a Photo! 

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This is 'Mophie' - the daughter of some close friends. She is wonderful at posing. I love that the little characters are climbing all over her because it really emphasizes her adorable, yet somewhat squirrelly personality! 

Creativity really has no limits, am I right? 

If you are the typical artist, you know what it is like getting what it called 'creative block'... when your mind hits a wall and you just can't come up with anything. I followed my method for getting creative ideas and it worked yet again! If you don't know what I am talking about, I wrote about some practical steps to getting inspired. It is a lot easier than you think. I literally follow each step and this method never fails me! 

Getting Creative Ideas In Only 6 Steps

Tip for the Day: 

I used to follow this unwritten rule. It is something I came up with in my mind. I thought that if I am looking at a reference photo (for positioning a character, not for copying) then I must draw the objects I am looking at as they are. That includes if something is out of place, obstructed from view, foreshortened or elongated. I thought that if it appeared that way in real life than I was obligated to represent it that way in my drawing. This was a recent belief of mine, not only when I was a kid. I think it is common for us, as artists, to feel a loyalty about drawing what we see and using that as a threshold for being true to the visual world we represent. 

I have good news! You don't HAVE to draw an object as you see it! You can move a part of it to suit your composition. Look at the drawing above. Notice how the fox's and raccoon's tails perfectly fit into the spaces surrounded by the rope. This was all done intentionally. There was a time I would have ignored the placement of the tails and drawn them more haphazardly. 

The tip I am sharing for you today is to take advantage of strategic placement of every aspect of your drawing. Use your artistic license to fit the parts of the objects in your image together almost as if they are puzzle pieces that don't touch. This will create a visually pleasing result! Try it on your next piece! 

Beth Snider