STEP 4: Leading the Eye
I decided to show this stage early on, to visualize
a key theory in painting.
The block shapes, represented by the dark areas,
are used as guides to visually direct a viewer
through a given image. The goal of an artist is
to inspire a viewer with enough visual interest
to explore the entire span of your created work.
Sometimes this is done in very abstract ways,
but it is done. Whether it be physical or psychological,
the viewer should be led through your image. Anything
a viewer takes away after that, is subjective
(see fig. 3)
In this image, as illustrated by the arrows superimposed
onto it, you see the path I want the viewer to
travel when admiring my work.
(see fig. 4)
For arguments sake, I do not claim that this is
the only way to approach an image. However, it
is a good idea to start conditioning yourself
to understand that thinking through a picture
(especially in the beginning) will be more effective
than just jumping right in. A good plan will go
a long way when creating artwork.This theory should
not be limited to drawing. You should also utilize
it when dealing with color, in both hue, value
and rendering (the act of marrying all these elements
Be spontaneous here, as in your thumbnails. Allow
yourself some further chances at freedom when
establishing your blocking rules. Simply concern
yourself with what and how you want the viewer
to experience your work.