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Landscape Composition & Design Tips For Watercolor Beginners

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Step 2: The “Golden Mean”, a.k.a The “Rule Of Thirds”

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Next, Steve Curl introduces the “Golden Mean”, also known as the “Rule of Thirds“. He does this by drawing a rectangle and dividing it evenly into 9, then adding 4 focal points where the lines intersect. These points are good places to put your main subject matter, or for vanishing points in a perspective painting.

Furthermore, Steve advises against using clichéd shapes  – that is, perfectly shaped objects that look too cartoon-like or iconic. He suggests studying the subject matter more carefully and opting for more interesting shapes with good intersections.