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How Do You Create the Center Of Interest

Up until now you have studied the fundamentals, so let’s cerate the center of interest. Obviously the strongest and most attention getting element is going to be the center of interest.

Keeping that in mind what is the value of the elements you are drawing compared to the background and eye level you see in your vision. Some maybe darker or lighter so you will want to arrange them using the tool learned in the exercise you have been doing up until this point.

If you draw them all the same value you will not have a center of interest. We create the center of interest by showing the contrast of the elements keeping in mind the whole picture area. The perspective of each object or subjects and how it relates to support the element that you have chosen to be the center of interest.

We control the interest by varying the contrast between the elements. The overall picture area comes to life with light and shadows caused by the direction and intensity of the light source and your eye level. You are setting the stage creating an illusion by appointing value to all the elements.

Here is an exercise that you may find helpful:

Take four object a bottle some grapes and a glass, now arrange them on a table.

Draw just the shapes you see with no shading.

Now put in the shadows and when you are finished take your HB pencil and cover the whole picture area, leaving the objects recognizable.  This will show you that your picture area has no center of interest.

Now draw it three more times and each time pick one object to be the center of interest. Each time you draw these elements keep in mind the value pattern in your picture area and the illusion you are creating.

By contrasting the light in the foreground, middle and the background you can create a piece that supports the whole picture area. You are in control of the illusion and setting the value of the composition.

Remember you are in control and you set the pattern to support the object or subject. You control the mood and the direction that the viewer’s eye travels through the illusion you create. When you want an action to be the center of interest you put that in the foreground and depending on the action the pattern of darks and lights you use will support it.

Drawing a boxer hitting a punching bag. First identify the elements. The boxer, the fist, the bag and the light and dark value in the back ground.  I can draw different ways to get the action across one would be to have the bag with a fist wrapped in white tape in it in the foreground against a dark bag. The background will gradually get darker putting the bowers face in the middle ground making the punch or action the center of interest. The pattern can be brought to life buy showing the contrasting patterns in the area of the bag where the fist connects and all other patterns of light and shadow directed to the point of impact.

When you can tell a story with using light and dark patterns around action, object or subject you are creating the center of interest. It is the contrast in the patterns that draw the eye to the center of interest.

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