Emphasize the Focal Point With Edges

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Edges are one of the most important tools you have to direct the viewer’s eye around and through your drawing. Hard edges have a tendency to stop the movement while soft ones allow the viewer’s eyes to keeping moving from one area of the composition to another. For the portrait entitled Dean, artist Robert Barrett used hard edges in and around his center of interest while softening the edges away from this area. In so doing, Barrett made focal point more obvious and important.

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MORE RESOURCES FOR ARTISTS
Life Drawing: How to Portray the Figure with Accuracy and Expression by Robert Barrett
Sketching People: Life Drawing Basics by Jeff Mellem
Drawing the Nude from Life by Costa Vavagiakis

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