What Makes a Good Composition?

For some students arranging a good composition comes naturally, they just seem to know what looks right.  Some however find composition a bit of a mystery and struggle to capture an arresting arrangement and therefore piece of art. I offer a few tips to help you find the perfect composition.

Take The Time

Many of us don’t spend much time thinking about how we look at a subject, if it is in front of us we draw or paint it.  Often we forget that we have choices around the viewpoint (near, far, above or below), angles, and the arrangement of the objects themselves.

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Should I Draw from Life or Photographs?

I believe and I am sure most art teachers will tell you that drawing from life is always better than drawing and painting from photographs.  I think particularly if you are learning to draw then drawing from life is essential.

Of course there is nothing wrong with drawing and painting from photographs and while working on illustration commissions I have in the past used many references from photographs an images.  Sometimes it isn’t possible to observe the subject in life.

Sometimes using photographs is necessary

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