Yeah, whatever. That is how much I thought about composition when I first started drawing. Do you know that my earliest method of drawing was to start an image on the part that most interested me and work my way outwards. Really! I would start on someone’s eyes and build the face from there. Surprisingly I could manage a decent likeness that way but I also ran into proportional issues later, especially when I tried to work out to a full figure. This is probably why I still have issues drawing people.
If you look at some of my oldest works, you can see the way I worked from one point to another without a specific initial plan. I take more time planning today then I did but I have some hang ups left over that still give me trouble. One of the biggest is that I don’t leave enough space around my images for framing. I have the habit of drawing right up to the edge of the paper. I actually did that on Quiet Strength – Silent Vulnerability. However, I will ask for some indulgence in this instance since I worked from a reference image that was set up that way. I drew the tiger as I saw it in the photo without attempting to extrapolate what I could not see, which caused trouble when I pasted the image onto the larger canvas of the final image. The top part of the tiger’s head was sheared off and I had to add it in. Before I make a print available, I am going to add a white border so you can matte it without covering the image.
Working in the digital realm is helpful to me in dealing with this deficiency since I can adjust the images as I add them to the final canvas. I like being able to work on parts separately as I did when younger then lay them out properly in a larger image. This is where the ability to have separate layers in an image really comes in handy. I like to keep images in their layers until I am sure they fit the total composition. As I put together more progression files, you will see how I use these layers to build an image.