HOW TO START A NEW PICTURE


1. SELECT YOUR SUBJECT
  • Will you interpret the subject abstractly, semi-abstractly 

  • or realistically?
  • Will you interpret the subject as flat 2dimensional space 

  • or 3dimensional space?
  • Will the source of your subject be imagined, remembered, 

  • copied, drawn using a photo source?
2. DECIDE ON THE MATERIALS; KIND, SIZE AND COLOR OF PAPER
  • Does your idea fit a small or large size image space?
  • Will you work on a paper surface?
  • What color and texture of surface will work best?
  • Does your picture require a special paper?
3. THINK AND Imagine THE OBJECTS IN SPACE (composition)
  • Imagine the position of the primary objects. 

  • (avoid emphasizing the center)
  • How can you achieve rhythm, and repetition?
  • What can be a color or tone effect that can be 

  • repeated for harmony?
  • Think about what kinds of contrasts you can have: 

  • Sizes? Shapes? Colors? Tones?
4. DEVELOP THE IMAGES
  • Develop secondary areas; details inside of the 

  • main objects or forms
  • Develop a sense of modeling (shading) to make 

  • objects look 3 dimensional
  • Develop light and shadow if you wish to 

  • portray illumination
  • Correct mistakes if they detract, or cleverly, 

  • make mistakes appear to be intentional
  • Try to leave the work feeling "finished." 

  • There should be no annoying parts that seem to say, "Please fix me."
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