Elements of a Successful Artwork

Every drawing or artwork starts with a series of quick sketches and being aware of your own style, and expressing that style, be it realistic and representational or abstract and expressive. In essence, the true joy of drawing is that there is no correct style as everyone has their own interpretation. An artist has the choice to draw from observation or from the imagination. And that is the freedom in itself.

Going out and about to draw from life can be hugely rewarding, but focusing on an interior scene or domestic setting can be equally amazing. Drawing is finding what interests you. Sometimes, drawing from photos may be the only way to draw your chosen subject. As long as you are aware of the downsides, you can still draw interesting and amazing artworks.

Elements of a Successful Artwork

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There are elements that make up a successful artwork which is composition, types of lines, gestural lines, expression, tone and color:

  1. Composition
    This is one of the most important considerations in the drawing. The composition is how the elements of your drawing are arranged within the picture plane to create various effects. Using compositional devices, such as cropping, viewpoint, and perspective creates focus. Composition gives you control of what you want to present to your audience. It is how the artist arranges subjects or draws picture elements to achieve the perfect viewpoints of elements.
  2. Types of lines
    Develop your skills to create various types of lines. Lines define shapes, and outlines or they are used as guides.
  3. Gestural lines
    Quick gestural sketches can be developed further or left as they are. This can be done in charcoal or using a soft pencil, It is learning to capture the essence of a subject and energy of the moment in just a few lines.
  4. Expression
    There is no correct style and everyone has their own personal response and interpretations of the drawing. It is your means of representation that make it individual to you.
  5. Tone
    Being able to identify strong contrasts between dark and light areas of a drawing will bring your subject matter to life. It also suggests mood and tonal differences confers a 3-D element. The tone or contrast of the drawing confers depth of the drawing as well.
  6. Color
    Color in your drawings, from water or oil color to pastels, represent what you see in real life. It adds mood, expression, and drama. Using colors confidently can enhance your art and composition, leading the eye and creating points of interest.

Elements work together to create drama, hold attention, and take the viewer on a journey around your drawing. Such elements include composition, size relationships, contrasts of light and dark, the treatment of lines and edges, and perspective and directional lines. Get all of these right and the viewer’s eye will wander delightfully over your drawing.

Originally posted 2020-06-03 08:09:28.

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