By placing just part of your subject in the center area, you can avoid the bull’s eye effect and create a more interesting composition–but if you want to paint it in the center, do it! Don’t be afraid to break this rule. Let the story determine the position.
by Stephen Koury, author of Painting Nature’s Little Creatures
Paul Leveille is an artist and instructor living in western Massachusetts. He?s the author of Drawing Expressive Portraits, from which this article was adapted. Used with permission of North Light Books, an imprint of F&W Publications Inc., Cincinnati, Ohio.