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    FOCAL POINTS & CENTER OF INTEREST IN YOUR ART COMPOSITIONS : Create Strong Focal Points to Create Interest in Drawings

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    Definition of Focal Point in Art

    Definition of Focal Point in Art

    The focal point is the center of interest or activity in a work of art. It may or may not be the actual center of a painting or drawing, but it is always the most important part. Contrast, structure and color are three things that help define the focal point.

    Focal Point in Your Drawings

    Focal Point in Your Drawings

    Learn the fundamentals of this important and essential aspect of art forgotten by many artists today: the focal point.

    Focal Points

    Focal Points

    Millions of years of evolution mean that we scan our surroundings constantly, looking out for the unusual -- which may spell friend, foe or the next meal. If we don't see anything that catches our attention, we can afford to dismiss whatever we are looking at, and concentrate on something else. The 'thing that catches our attention' is what we are talking about here when we refer to the 'focal point'.

    The Focal Point Debate: Should Every Painting Have a Focal Point?

    The Focal Point Debate: Should Every Painting Have a Focal Point?

    Often called the center of interest, a focal point could very well be a small portion of the painting, like the three figures emphasized by isolated value contrast in Making My Way Across by Jennifer McChristian.

    Focal Point Vs. Center of Interest

    Focal Point Vs. Center of Interest

    A lesson about two fundamental concepts in good composition: center of interest and focal point. Although these two ideas might sound synonymous, there's a critical difference that, when properly understood, will help you make stronger compositions.

    Primary and Secondary : A Tale of Two Focal Points

    Primary and Secondary : A Tale of Two Focal Points

    Achieving a solid focal point isn’t terribly difficult. A few tools that will help are contrast (overall the most indispensable):

    The Art of Composition: Painting Tips on Directing the Viewer's Eyes to your Focal Point

    The Art of Composition: Painting Tips on Directing the Viewer's Eyes to your Focal Point

    A list of painting tips to help you learn how to place your main subject and arrange the surrounding elements to emphasize it. Using these tools, you can design art work with a strong, unified composition.

    Using Focal Points in Photography (Applies to All Artists)

    Using Focal Points in Photography (Applies to All Artists)

    The reason a focal point is important is that when you look at an image your eye will generally need a ‘resting place’ or something of interest to really hold it. Without it you’ll find people will simply glance at your shots and then move on to the next one.

    Focusing on the Elements of Composition in Drawing

    Focusing on the Elements of Composition in Drawing

    Composition refers to the organization, arrangement, and combination of objects within the borders of a drawing space. You want to bring the eyes of the viewer toward your center of interest within an aesthetically pleasing composition.

    Center of Interest or Focal Point - Not every painting, whether realistic or abstract, needs a focal point or primary center of interest. Some paintings are pattern pieces, based on a variety of colors and shapes.

    Tips for Creating Strong Compositions in your Paintings : Focal Points - Composition is one of the most important aspects of painting. A pleasing composition is one where shapes and colors in a painting are organized in such a way that there is a sense of balance. Creating a balanced and interesting composition is more challenging that it may appear. If something is out of place or wrong, the viewer is left confused or uninterested. The following tips should help steer you in the right direction.

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