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Landscape Composition Tips With Charcoal - Get Chunky!

Landscape composition tips with charcoal

Landscape composition tips with charcoal

Landscape Composition Tips With Charcoal - Chunky Charcoal

Landscape composition tips with charcoal will cover a few ideas on where to place focal points and how to move objects around in the photograph to create a better compositions. This is an easy method to learn that will simplify your composition drawings so you can focus on large shapes. Believe me it's difficult to draw details with chunky charcoal. It can be a bit messy so be sure to try this somewhere that allows you to not stress out too much.

What You Need To Know

Below is a breakdown of the process. Keep in mind I'm using chunky charcoal versus a standard pencil, or graphite stick. If you want to learn more about this here is a link - chunky charcoal.

  • Try starting with the focal point and move outward.
  • Place the center point near the center and slightly offset to the left, or right.
  • Use the charcoal, or drawing device, to discover angles. To do this hold your charcoal up to the image and tilt it up or down than apply that same angle to your drawing.
  • Use your artistic license to tweak details - make the image your own!

When you want to learn more be sure to check out creative drawing techniques.

Below you will see a finished painting inspired from this process along with the inspiration image that captures the scene.

Finished Painting

Inspiration Image

Inspiration Image

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