How to Compose a Picture Simply

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Do you want to know how to use ‘Thirds’ to compose your picture, drawing or painting? This art tutorial shows you how to divide your paper or canvas into ‘thirds’ and how to create a focus of interest in your painting or drawing. I also explain how you as the the artist can guide the eye of the viewer towards the centre of interest, the focus of the painting or drawing, the bit you think is the most important part of your image. I also explain how by choosing different ‘thirds’ as the center of interest, the composition of the drawing can change. I have focused on landscape and portraiture in this art tutorial. As regards portraits, I show you how you can make a person look more or less important, or dominant, simply by changing the composition, or how you compose the art work.

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- I have taught art for more years than I can remember, in schools and with own art courses. I hope you find this art tutorial, stimulating, easy to follow and that it contributes, in a small way, to the development of your own art skills. Paul Priestley

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