Creating Your Vision On Paper

How to create a vision?

A picture is an evolution of your vision, whatever you have in mind you can present it on sheet of paper. From there you can turn it into a painting, sculpture or any medium you desire. We start by setting the stage to tell a story. We want our picture to represent our vision.

The picture area is the first thing to consider. Pick a subject or imagine it and draw it in different ways and at different eye level. Do you want your picture area to be horizontal or vertical, a square maybe nice? Pick one for now. These rough drawings are different aspects of your vision.

What in your vision is the center of interest?

Okay let’s say my vision is a woman walking a dog is my center of interest?  Do I want the picture area to be a horizontal? Rough drawings help us to determine what we want in our picture area. The rough drawings help us choose the right composition to represent our vision.

By cutting the picture area up in equal horizontal and vertical areas with the woman and her dog as the center of interest. The lines of the landscape are all horizontal along with the dog. The grass, the sky, the tree line and the woman, tree trunks and other elements are the vertical lines.

Rough drawings show us different options to create our vision

First rough drawing is just to place the negative and positive areas that support the center of interest. In my second rough is pushed to one side and I create more interest by changing the tree lines to converge behind the center of interested. That seems to make my picture area to heavy on one side and I don’t like that. My third rough I change the direction the main characters (woman and her dog) are heading and put them top right corner of the picture area. This is shows more of the landscape changing the center of interest.

So your center of interest doesn’t need to be centered but the picture area needs balance. As you experiment with the placement of the elements remember to keep your focus on the center of interest and where you see it in your vision.

Your vision from another angle is an option

My next drawing I come at the composition from a whole new angle. This vision shows me the main character walking in front of me, showing me the side view or walking away from me. In the fourth drawing the center of interest is facing towards me and in the center. Drawing from this eye level I see that the center of interest is not representing this vision.

I changed my point of view from the women and dog being the main focus or center of interest to the dog’s actions as the center of interest. I’m going to draw the dog pulling the woman, it is not a nice peaceful picture anymore. Now the focus is on the actions of the main characters.

Adding action in your vision

In the sixth picture I decide to keep the focus in the center. Changing the landscape to support the movement within the picture area the angle of the path adding runners to looking at her and the dog add more interest. The dog is pulling her and her arms are being pulled, she is in a panic it shows on her face. The dog pulling is trying to get away. By setting an invisible line to represent my eye level and making sure all outlines of the forms are correct I can see my vision coming to life.

Whichever rough drawing reveals my vision is what I will use. After checking to make sure that my perspective is what I want. Now setting set the key by adding color or and setting the value range. Just seeing all the elements are in place I can add the final details to finish the drawing and share my vision of a girl walking her dog.


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