Saturday, October 17, 2015

Leading the Viewer's Eye

In this depiction of shoreline flotsam and jetsam, the focal point is the driftwood and small tidal pool. I decided to use line, color and values to lead the eye to that area. 

Examine the lines first.  The small foreground rocks, the seaweed, and the shadows all lead to the driftwood.  The warm color in the seaweed, as well as its darker value, also draw attention to the log and the little pool of water.  The values in the distant rocks serve to emphasize the big flat light rock. The foreground shadow in the lower right hand corner helps direct the eye to the lighter area of the beach. 

Design with purpose!

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