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Masterful Color by Arlene Steinberg

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Shadow Play Colored pencil on Stonehenge paper . 12″ × 15″ (30cm × 38cm) Collection of the artist

 

CHAPTER 2

COMPOSITION

GOOD COMPOSITION IS THE GLUE THAT HOLDS A DRAWING TOGETHER. HOW OFTEN HAVE YOU looked at a drawing and felt something was amiss? Each object may be beautifully rendered, but if they are not tied together into a pleasing composition, the drawing will feel as if it’s not quite right. You may not be able to express why it doesn’t feel right, but you just know.

Probably hours were spent rendering the objects in the drawing to make them look “real,” but composition became an afterthought. Most likely it’s because the artist ...

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