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Stage 1 - Composition - Drawing- Masking

KEEP LINES LIGHT. Don’t rub out.

Image shape, horizon placement, (Light source to the right).

Work with light pencil lines - B grade - and just a few of them.

Don’t rub out - it leaves scuff marks which pick up colour.

Choose the aperture shape for your painting. Mask edges firmly. Here we use landscape, at 6 x 4 approx. A good format can be to a ratio of 6 plus a bit by four - for example 13 x 8. The important thing though is - you choose - don’t let the paper dictate.

Draw the  horizon lightly. Don’t draw it across the boat. Place it using a ruler across the paper if you want. This also defines the basic composition, with small sky area and deep foreground. Mark edges to key the horizon line.     See tips 1,& 2

Keep main points away from the centre and avoid symmetry.

By keeping the horizon high, and the focal point of the painting well off    centre, you will create a good composition at the start.

“Draw with economy”  … . a map of the painting, not a blow by blow account. Draw with just a few lines. Map out some large stones, big and widely spaced in the foreground, smaller and closer together in the distance.   See tip 3.

Diagonal line work

Create a rhythm in the foreground landscape. This is drawn at crouching height. This gives an exaggerated foreground perspective. The first few yards is the bottom three quarters of the ground, the rest is compressed into a relatively narrow band.

The foreground could be defined in terms of a broadly diagonal but invisible perspective field, compressing into narrowing horizontal bands further away. Bearing this in mind will help you visualise the ground realistically.

Masking - see tips section.

Mask the large hand drawn stones, poles, objects on the beach, the boat and a few highlights in the sea.  Mask a few lights you can play around with later - coloured objects or people in the distance.

Spatter some masking fluid onto the beach using the toothbrush. Tip 6 . Try spraying masking fluid for the fine stones in the distance. Tip 8. Now dry it off with a hairdryer and cover the beach with a light wash of Raw Sienna or Yellow Ochre.

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