Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Using Photos to Test Composition

During the "Story" unit that my intro class had last spring, one student wanted to paint a portrait of a book character who had a butterfly shaped birthmark on her shoulder. As I talked to her about her plan she said she planned to paint the girl facing away so it was visible. I asked if she'd thought about having her head turned. She was having a hard time picturing what I was talking about so I whipped out my smart phone and was able to quickly take a picture of her first idea as well as the suggestion I offered. She compared and chose the version with the head turned since it sort of pulls the viewer in. It was an easy way to help her visualize the options.

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