What is the Rule of Thirds?

The rule of thirds is a rule used by artists and photographers in relation to composition.  How does it work?  Divide your paper into thirds as shown and place your subject in the area of the one of the circles indicated below:

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The Rule of Thirds

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What are the Essential Materials for Beginners?

 

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When you start learning to draw and paint you can be totally overwhelmed by all the range of materials out there.  There is so much choice, which is great but where do you start?

Some of my learners have rushed out and spent a fortune purchasing so many materials which they then aren’t sure what to do with or don’t like using.

My advice would be start with the ‘essentials’ there are certain materials that in my view all artists need.  This is a personal list, so it will vary for each of us, but here is my list of my essential materials:

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