What is Composition?

Composition means combining various elements of a drawing or painting into a satisfactory whole.  A good composition will hold the viewers interest and will encourage the viewer to look around the piece and notice all the details after the initial impact.  So what makes a good composition?

There is a theory called the ‘Rule of Thirds’, this idea is that subjects should be placed in one of the thirds of the piece to create interest.  Subjects in the middle of an artwork are thought to be less interesting.

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How Do I Get A Likeness?

One of the common problems and questions I get about portraits is how do I get a likeness?  I discuss this and offer some tips on this challenging area. Of course there are many ways to tackle a portrait, here I give some tips based on how I would develop a portrait but if something else works for you, stick with it!

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