how do you create a focal point?
There are a number of different tools the artist can use to attract the eye of the viewer.
Accomplished artists use one or more of the following methods to make attractive paintings.
- The easiest and the most valuable tool for the artist is the use of value contrast.
Value is the contrast between light and dark. The eye is automatically drawn to a contrast between light and dark.
The artist uses light against dark in many areas of the painting.
But the strongest value contrast should be used in the focal point or in the focal area.
- The Egret attracts attention because it is all by itself.
The viewer is more comfortable when objects are placed together or near other objects.
Elements of the painting that are placed by alone will automatically attract attention.
people, animals and vehicles
People, animals or vehicles become the star of the show when they are in a painting.
Just be sure and give them adequate space in front of their face to head into the painting.
- Do not place people or animals close to the edge of the painting, looking out.
Their view would carry the viewer's eye out of the painting.
- Use more detail in the focal areas compared to other areas of the painting.
There is more detail on the chicken's face and on her feathers compared to the background of the painting.
The background is somewhat out of focus.
soft and hard edges
Soft edges are easier to look at.
- Hard edges attract more attention.
Notice the hard edges on Lacey compared to the soft edges in the rest of the painting.
The Details On "Lacey"
Attract The Attention Of The Viewer.
- Brighter, more saturated color attracts attention.
Notice the red comb and wattles on the chicken are the brightest red in the painting.
- Complimentary colors vibrate when they are placed next to each other. They are great for attracting the viewer's attention to the focal area.
Colors directly across from each other on the color wheel are called complimentary colors.
- Blue and orange
- Red and green
- Yellow and violet
When you select colors for your paintings, complimentary colors are the ideal choice.
warm verses cool colors
- Placing warm colors against cool colors is another great tool for the artist to use in the focal point of their paintings.
The warm colors, red, orange and yellow automatically attract attention.
When we place them against cool colors, they really sparkle.
How to mix warm colors and cool colors.
Complimentary and Warm vs Cool Colors
- Use any or all of these tools to create the focal points in your paintings.
Your paintings will be sure to attract the viewer's attention.
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