This tip is so simple in theory but it makes a huge impact.
Creating quality artwork all starts with pencil and paper. I'm always astonished at what you can learn with some #2 lead and ten minutes of free time. In this tutorial I will share my favorite tip for creating energetic compositions. It can easily make or break a painting.
What you need to know
- Curved lines are considered slow. They move within the picture frame in a way that makes the eye somewhat disengaged.
- Also curved lines do not interact well with the frame, or four main edges of your artwork. The results are a design that is somewhat detached from the most important aspect of the painting.
- The frame is king and the drawing, or composition, should always intersect with the edges in a strategic manner.
- Angled lines are fast but can be slowed down by combining short, medium and longer line segments.
- Angles play well with the picture frame. And when you design your art you should consider how the angles relate the the four main lines.
Your turn to try
As you may know learning involves two parts. The intellectual component means you have witnesses, or heard, of an idea. The physical element of learning means getting involved by doing! This means you grab your #2 pencil and print paper and start converting easy subjects into a series of angled lines.
Important! Start small. Don't overwhelm yourself with complex subjects, or scenes. Instead take a simple object that has some curves, like a coffee cup, and transform it into a series of angles.
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