Monday, 16 May 2011

Art tip of the week - odds and ends

Good afternoon everyone! The tips I want to give you today are all small but mighty and you'll see why. Some if them are ones I use when illustrating, but I think they can apply to other forms of art.

For instance in a piece of illustration when you have got quite a lot going on, but you wish to emphasis a particular gesture in the whole artwork there are some devices you can utilise. If you are working just in black and white, make sure the area you want everyone's eye drawn to is rendered is slightly higher contrast, using more darker shades. Likewise if you are working in colour think about the colour combinations that will work to draw the viewer in and hone them in on a particular spot of your artwork.

Another tip is directed at all those landscape enthusiasts out there - give yourself room. So many times over the years I have seen artists paint there scenes right up to the very edge of the paper. Now what are you going to do if you want to frame it? You are going to lose some of your artwork under a window mount! Always give yourself a good four inches all the way round. This way if you need to extend the artwork a little for whatever reason, you've given yourself the breathing space to do so!

Here's a piece of artwork that illustrates the use of high contrast in areas of the artwork - see if you can spot them!