Here or There? Composition Basics

Here or There? Composition Basics
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Here or There? Composition Basics
By Colleen Messina

1     Composition is a big word. You might not know what it means yet. But surprise... you use it every time you draw a picture.
2     Composition is how your picture is arranged. First, you have to decide how big your picture will be. This is called the picture area. It is like looking through a camera lens. Then, artists might draw sketches before they do their real picture. It helps them plan their art. Artists think about the subjects and the feelings in the artwork. They decide whether to put objects here or there.
3     Other things an artist has to think about are the size of the objects and what color to make them. Maybe you want to draw an ice cream sundae. You make the important parts of your picture big, like the pile of ice cream. Other objects are small, like colored sprinkles to put on the ice cream. The jar of sprinkles might be off to the side of the sundae.

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