[Learn to draw]
Doing a goodpainting
Fig. 1: Incorrect painting
with no proper balance
To be a successful painter, you need to know how to make a good
picture. A camera records things as they are unlike how an artist wants
it to be. What looks perfectly lovely through a camera often turns out
tiny and distant in a snapshot. Somehow it can seem only half the scene
you expected.. Photographs can nevertheless provide excellent
information for a drawing.
As an artist you are free to alter any scene you choose to draw.
Beginner artists tend to ignore composition both through lack of
knowledge and the struggle to put down accurate lines. Composition in
art refers to the arrangement of things. The most common mistake is to
put the horizon far too high in a drawing.
The eye-level in any picture must fall on the imaginary line which
lies directly ahead of you when you draw the scene. You cannot start
drawing a landscape seated, and stand up half-way through. The eye level
must remain constant. A low horizon will give an impression of great
space and calm.
Fig. 2: Correct painting
The illustration on Fig. 1 shows incorrect eye levels and Fig. 2
shows correct eye levels. It also shows another aspect of composition.
The two trees in the top drawing are the same shape and size and are
equidistant from you. Therefore, they divide attention. In the correct
version, I have balanced one tree against three, placed at different
You now see the house as the object of attention. When learning how
to draw landscapes you tend to concentrate solely on the item which
makes your picture, and forget about composition. You can see how to
draw a good landscape picture from almost any holiday snap or from life.
Develop the habit of thinking how you want others to see your
painting. Make your drawings a thing to be looked at and admired.