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Extensive General Overview & Notes

Rocky Outcrop - Lockdown - Wk 4


  1. You can either print out the picture you choose or study them from a large image on your computer screen. 

  2. Gently commence your pictures by keeping the image soft and easy to erase if necesary then gradually build up the picture by strengthening the image creating the picture you want. 

  3. Choose either a portrait or landscape profile to capture your image.

  4. Rocks have a rough surface so keep them textured by not smudging them.

  5. Composition and contrast - a) Compose image so that you have unbalanced structure and variable subject matter in the cluster of rocks and bull rushes. b) Contrast the rocks against the bull rushes by switching techniques from skating, linework and tracking. Use strong and variable tonal changes to describe the contrast. c) Again remember colourists, that there are many colours to describe a range of greens (i.e blues, greens, bone tones, purples, browns, blacks, whites etc.)

  6. Perspective and depth of field - a) The golden section was invented in the renaissance to help aid perspective in a more natural way. Throw your picture off balance by not centering the main features. b) Background will be vague and muted, mid-ground will be more informed with more colour and contrast while the foreground will have the most colour meaning strongest and sharpest lights and darks.  

  7. Think of your picture as being in three sections. The top third equals the background, the middle third equals the mid-ground and the bottom third equals the foreground.

  8. Look at the directional nature of shadows.

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